Good news, Game of Thrones fans! HBO has given the official go-ahead to a prequel spinoff pilot, and the network has also offered a few intriguing bits of intel about what the prequel will be like if it gets picked up. Not surprisingly, it sounds like another TV addiction in the making.
The prequel comes from feature writer Jane Goldman and GoT author/co-executive producer George R.R. Martin. It remains untitled, but the pilot boasts plenty of enticing detail.
“Taking place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, the series chronicles the world’s descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour,” reads the synopsis, per The Wrap. “And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend… it’s not the story we think we know.”
Intrigued? We are too. Alas, we’ll all have to just put a pin in that anticipation for a minute — or, you know, a year. HBO has already stated that if there is to be a spinoff (or more than one, even), it won’t air until after the original GoT completes its run. Currently, production is wrapping on the eighth and final season, which is set to air sometime in 2019.
So, the network has gone to the trouble of pointing out that the prequel won’t be what we expect, which obviously creates an air of mystery. Still, surely there are certain things we can and should expect, right?
Like, for example, a deeper look into the Long Night — the mythical winter that is said to have covered the entire world and lasted a whole generation. The reference in the prequel’s synopsis to the world’s “darkest hour” would certainly suggest as much.
By nature, GoT is an ambitious body of work, and there’s much ground (literal and figurative) that could still be covered. But hey, we’ve got the entire next year to mull over the possibilities.