As soon as HBO realized Westeros was the most popular fantasy realm on television, it was only a matter of time before the Game of Thrones spinoff ideas began to circulate. Since the series is nearing its final season, those ideas are finally taking shape. Five prequels were reportedly on the table, but in July 2018, four of those got the Red Wedding treatment, with only the "Golden Age of Heroes" approved.
There is already a pilot order for the series. Although the Game of Thrones prequel facts are limited at the moment, there’s still plenty to parse through despite a lack of new Game of Thrones scenes to decipher.
Fans shouldn't expect much concrete information about spinoff series until the flagship show's final season airs in 2019. However, with a pilot on the way and more series apparently in the works, the notion of a prequel series moves far beyond GoT fan theories and now seems like an inevitability. After all, why wouldn’t HBO want to keep cashing in on the world of George R. R. Martin?
The Series Will Be Set Thousands Of Years Before ‘Game Of Thrones’
So far, fans only know a few things about the first Game of Thrones prequel series, but one thing is apparent: it’s about as “pre” as a prequel can get. The series reportedly takes place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, which means this time frame is before the rule of the Targaryens and unification of Westeros. In fact, the series will apparently occur during the Age of Heroes, a period featuring legendary figures who would go on to found some of the continent’s most significant Houses.
The Co-Creators Are George R. R. Martin And Jane Goldman, Writer Of ‘Kick Ass’ And ‘Kingsman’
As the author behind the entire A Song of Ice and Fire series, George R. R. Martin is understandably one of the co-creators of this pre-Thrones spinoff. However, he's not working alone. Veteran screenwriter and producer Jane Goldman worked with Martin to develop the series and will serve as the eventual showrunner.
Bringing an impressive resume in the action genre, Goldman wrote critically acclaimed blockbusters such as Kick Ass, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and X-Men: First Class. That’s good news for fans accustomed to the large-scale battle sequences, which are a signature of later Game of Thrones seasons.
Don’t Expect 'The Story We Think We Know'
HBO announced the series with an enticing tagline:
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.
Well-versed fans familiar with all of George R. R. Martin’s continuity know no matter how much they read, their theories can always fall apart. Martin is a gifted world-builder, positioning the legends and lore in his series through the lenses of in-world historians, and thus fallible.
In other words, centuries of misinterpretation could have warped the version of history presented in A Song of Ice and Fire. Chances are reasonably good there are still plenty of surprises to come for even the most diehard Thrones supporters.
Established Events Like The Dance Of The Dragons And Robert’s Rebellion Will Be Avoided
George R. R. Martin wrote a lot of extended continuity for his A Song of Ice and Fire series - maybe too much, according to some fans still waiting for the release of The Winds of Winter. Despite this abundance of canonical material, the first Game of Thrones prequel series will disregard most of it in favor of exploring a much earlier era.
Well-established events like the Dance of the Dragons, Robert’s Rebellion, and the adventures of Dunk and Egg occur after the era the announced prequel will take place. Those stories could be rich wells for the other prequel series in development, but they must wait their turn for the HBO spotlight.