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:
5 Things I don't feel like copying, but all interesting.
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.
I kinda feel the same way about it. Does it even matter now?
Eh. The White Walker storyline is only one of many tales in GRRM's world. Just because one may be "ruined" for you, doesn't mean there's not others that can delight you. Also, this show won't have D&D attached, so that should make the disappointed fans feel better.
Personally, I never really put much stock into the whole White Walker storyline because I had a feeling it would disappoint people. There's just something about competing with people's imagination...it's better to not reveal much. In my opinion, the White Walkers were the least interesting part of GOT. I always enjoyed the show for the political intrigue and the "quiet scenes" over the big budget moments.
Do you want to know a secret, actors can play more than one role in their life. I know shocking.
Yup. I never said otherwise. Actors typically don't play a second character in the same world unless their face is covered in a mask/makeup or they're playing a twin sibling/cyborg.
A twin is out since this is set thousands of years before GOT. Cyborgs aren't in GRRM's work as of yet. So unless he has on a mask/makeup to hide his Ned Stark face (albeit a decade older Ned Stark face at this point), it would be stupid to have him in it.
You know this is all what I was driving at though - you just decided to be a sarcastic ass for whatever reason. I know shocking.
If you're going to do a sequel, it should be connected to what people know.
I just read Knight of the Seven Kingdoms and it would a great spin-off although there wouldn't be dragons.
GoT worked for most of the part perfectly fine without dragons. Tywin, the Red Wedding, Lannister vs. Stark, The Queen of Thornes etc. pp.
It was more like Shakespeare meets Lord of the Rings - less fantasy, more political plotting.
That does not mean that I didn't like the little rascals. Quite the opposite. Rheagal's death was pissing me off the most. But holding them back for so long made the battle in "Spoils of War" so awesome.
But in season 8 they were wasted: first next to useless in the Winterfell battle, then Rheagal's pointless death, and finally this ridiculously overpowered Drogon in the battle of King's landing.
Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.