Even though we seemingly have eons before the final season of Game of Thrones premieres (or just under a year, but who’s counting?), the creators have some news that is sure to thrill fans: there will be more.
The new show will center on a Westeros far different from the one that we’ve grown to know and love throughout the original series' seven seasons—one from thousands of years ago.
The show’s proposed plot focuses on how Westeros became the troubled world we see in Game of Thrones. Far before the Lannister, Stark, Targaryen, or Baratheon families fought for the Iron Throne, Westeros was in the “Age of Heroes,” where good fortune was the norm and unity actually existed. What caused Westeros to decline, you might ask? White Walkers, of course.
The prequel will explore how the White Walkers came to be, a question that Game of Thrones fans have asked since the Stark’s first mentioned the White Walkers' power back in Season 1 of the show. The origin laid out through the series and through George R.R. Martin’s companion anthology, The World of Ice and Fire, is not the whole story. Through Martin, we learned that the White Walkers nearly decimated the population of Westeros in the past, and Westeros hasn't fully recovered since.
According to reports, there are a total of five potential Game of Thrones spinoffs in the works, as Martin himself confirmed that he had worked on five pilot scripts. Don’t expect any too soon, though, as Martin wants to finish working on any lingering books before shows about them are released. Game of Thrones famously lapped Martin’s books, leaving viewers in the complete dark about how the series will end.
For now, Goldman’s pilot is the only confirmed one on the horizon.
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