Game of Thrones is ending next year, but HBO is looking to develop several other shows set in the universe of the popular fantasy TV series. And now we may finally know what the first prequel show will be.
Last week it came out that HBO will make the first pilot for a new Game of Thrones prequel series. The first prequel will be set during the the Age of Heroes. For those who aren’t familiar with Westeros lore, the Age of Heroes was at a time where many of the great Houses of Westeros began. It’s when Bran the Builder created the Wall and founded House Stark, and when House Lannister began as well. It’s also when the Long Night began, the longest winter in Westeros history where the people of Westeros fought against the White Walkers.
The Age of Heroes began about 8,000 years before the events of the Game of Thrones TV series, so unlike some of the other prequel ideas HBO is pursuing, this one will not feature any character we’ve seen on the show before. But it will show how Westeros dealt with the White Walkers before Dany and Jon came along.
We also know the Age of Heroes pilot is written by Jane Goldman, whoalso wrote both of the Kingsmen movies, and that she worked on the prequel with George R.R. Martin, who wrote the books that Game of Thrones is based on.
However HBO said just because a pilot is being made doesn’t mean this will actually become a series. Apparently HBO is going to commission pilots for all the different prequel ideas they’re working on, and only approve the one that they think is best. It’s not known what the other pilots will be about, but many people believe Robert Baratheon’s Rebellion that sets up the political landscape of Westeros at the beginning of the Game of Thrones show or Aegon’s Conquest, about how House Targaryen took over Westeros, are two of the possibilities.
But if the Age of Heroes pilot is any indication, it’s possible HBO will pursue prequels that have almost nothing to do with the events of Game of Thrones, which could be a very interesting avenue for them to explore.