Since Game of Thrones ended earlier this year, many of us have been left with a Westeros-shaped hole in our hearts. And it seems like HBO is keen to monetize this longing, rolling out a number of Game of Thrones sequels in the coming months. The most imminent has already begun filming, and it's safe to say that the internet is excited.
Although the prequel is set many years before the birth of any of our favorite characters, there will, of course, be some connections to the original show, which captured our hearts. And, speaking to Entertainment Weekly, author of the original books, which inspired the series, George R.R. Martin, has made some exciting admissions.
Since its release in 2011, Game of Thrones was an epic experience.The show was set in the fictional kingdom of Westeros, and followed the events following the death of King Robert Baratheon as families warred over their right to the throne.
The series represented a long commitment.It ran for ten years and had such an enormous cast of characters that many struggled to keep up.
Which isn't to say that the show was flawless.In fact, the final series of the epic was incredibly divisive, and many were left feeling very disappointed about how the story turned out.
The show ended earlier this year.And, although many felt a little dissatisfied and let down by the finale, it is still greatly missed - with many fans unable to fathom that they won't see their favorite characters ever again.
It's clear that HBO were paying attention.They quickly announced that Game of Thrones fans need not be too disheartened, because there was plenty of Westeros-based content coming their way.
There's one spin-off in particular that has attracted a lot of interest.It's set many years before the Westeros that we know - but is likely going to be the first one to hit our screens.
There will be some connections to Game of Thrones, though.In the television series, we were introduced to plenty of the ancient magic of the past, primarily through the Starks. Over the wall, for example, we met the Children of the Forest.
We also learned something shocking about Westerosi history.The Children of the Forest were seen turning one of the First Men into the Night King - for reasons that we, as of yet, still don't fully understand.
We've also received some information regarding the cast.
via: Getty ImagesSome of the big names set to star in the show have been named. One is Star Wars actress, Naomi Ackie.
And that's not the only name.
via: Getty ImagesAnother star who has been linked to the show is Denise Gough - an actress primarily known for her stage work and has won the coveted Olivier Award twice.
But there's one name attached to the project which is undeniably the biggest.
via: Getty ImagesNaomi Watts, star of blockbuster movies like Mulholland Drive, King Kong, and The Impossible has been set to star in the as yet unnamed project.
And fans of the original series can breathe a sigh of relief.Because also attached to the spin-off is the writer of the original Game of Thrones books, George R.R. Martin. And, this week, he's revealed yet more details on the top-secret show.
Firstly, he promised that there would be links between the original show and the prequel."Obviously the White Walkers are here - or as they're called in my books, The Others - and that will be an aspect of it," he claimed.
And there are other aspects that are set to make a return.Primarily, anything super-ancient that we know about Westeros - which likely involves the magic of the Three-Eyed Raven, plus what goes on north of the wall.
This includes some of the more magical creatures from the series.Maybe we'll see more from the ancestors of Wun Weg Wun Dar Wun, a wildling traitor turned war hero in Game of Thrones.
There are other favorites set to hit our screens again."There are also things like direwolves and mammoths," promised Martin. And though they won't be Ghost, it's still better than nothing, right?
And let's not forget the most exciting thing."The Starks will definitely be there," Martin promised - and, as you may expect, the internet has gone wild for this news.
Although it's important to remember one thing.These won't be any Starks that we know - the series is set many years before any of the characters that we fell in love with were even born.
Rumors of the title of the spin-off have also been steadily coming out.One potential title is Bloodmoon - but that's not the only one in circulation. "I heard a suggestion that it could be called The Longest Night, which is a variant I wouldn't mind," offered Martin "That would be pretty good."
However, there's one thing that we don't yet know.HBO is yet to confirm whether or not they're planning on commissioning more of the series past the initial pilot that's been confirmed. Although, given everything that we know about it, we're pretty sure that it's going to be a guaranteed hit.
We're probably going to have to wait a little while for the new show.
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