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HBO orders prequel pilot about the Age of Heroes

Jun 8, 2018, 4:44 PM ET
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Here we go: HBO has officially ordered a pilot episode for a Game of Thrones prequel. We've known for a while that HBO has been busy readying ideas to keep the world of Westeros alive, even as its signature show winds down next year. Now Entertainment Weekly's James Hibberd reports that at least one of those projects will continue to the initial production stage. This one comes from writers Jane Goldman and, yes, George R. R. Martin. Obviously, you all know who GRRM is, but Goldman -- who will also act as showrunner should the series be picked up for more episodes -- will be a new name for Game of Thrones fans; her screenwriting credits include the Kingsman films, X-Men: First Class, and the upcoming live-action Little Mermaid movie, among others. If nothing else, Goldman running the show ought to alleviate concerns that the Game of Thrones production team has been lacking in female perspective.

HBO has also released the first tidbits about what we can expect from this prequel:

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' 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."

Hibberd reports that, like Game of Thrones, this story will be spread across multiple locations and clans. He speculates that the show could involve legendary characters like Brandon the Builder and Lann the Clever, and perhaps explore the original Long Night. We ranked Brandon as history's 4th most influential character, and Steven Attewell wrote that Lann the Clever is one of the most mysterious founders of the Age of Heroes, so they certainly have the potential to be compelling featured characters.

If HBO were to order this as-yet-untitled project to a full season, we likely wouldn't see any episodes until 2020 at the earliest. There is also no word on what production of this pilot means, if anything, for the other Game of Thrones projects that HBO might be considering.

We'll no doubt learn more as this project comes closer to production, including more about the story and the actors being cast to lead the show. For now, let us know what your thoughts are about this announcement. Are you happy that Game of Thrones will continue in some form? Do you believe there is enough from the Age of Heroes era to sustain its own show?

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