Our adventures in Westeros may not be over just yet. HBO has ordered that a pilot for a Game of Thrones prequel be written for when the award-winning show finally ends in 2019.
Writer Jane Goldman, known for her work on the Kingsman: The Secret Service and Kick-Ass, will be at the held of the project, and will be helped by George R.R. Martin, who wrote the original series.
The brief synopsis we got from HBO tells us well be going all the way back to the Age of Heroes:
“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. And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’s 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.”
It’s no surprise that HBO would want to keep its most lucrative franchise alive, and Game of Thrones has plenty of mythos to explore. The show is going to begin 10,000 years before the events of the first show, and will explore the building of The Wall, the creation of Winterfell, and the oft-mentioned super-long winter referred to as the Long Night. We might even get to meet the fabled Night King, the commander of the Night’s Watch.
However, if that’s not to your tastes, there are another four prequel pilots being prepared for HBO, including one by Game of Thrones co-executive producer Bryan Cogman. It’s unlikely that all of these prequels will get to be their own shows, but it’s likely that we’ll be getting two and learning more about this fantastical world that fans have come to love.