EW recently spoke to author and executive producer George R.R. Martin about showrunner Jane Goldman’s pilot, which is currently filming in Northern Ireland. HBO and Martin have previously revealed the show takes place roughly 5,000 years before the events in Game of Thrones, when Westeros was a very different place, and leads up to an epic confrontation with the White Walkers known as The Long Night. Since some fans have been concerned that the show is pre-Targaryen (and therefore pre-dragon), we asked Martin what are some families and creatures that are around during this time period.
Martin gave some intriguing hints about the state of Westeros during this time period, and even noted a possible new title:
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I'll probably watch it, but I'm bit bummed out that they went with the White Walkers again. The other prequel that takes place in Valyria sounds more interesting.
I'm a bit disappointed too. Since they're tapping right back into that aspect of GRRM's world, they'll have to do something to make it different than GOT. It would be interesting to have the White Walkers talk, interact with each other, see their culture/way of life, more of their lands, their motives, etc. I also think they'll need to make them more of a threat with The Long Night - it should be brutal to differentiate it from what we watched in the last season of GOT.
I will say that based on what GRRM has told us about the prequel show, it sounds like it will be more of a collection of "tales" of Westeros since it will be covering so many years.