While Game of Thrones is complete, the television Song of Ice and Fire continues.
Entertainment Weekly reports filming on the Game of Thrones prequel has begun in Northern Ireland, the same home base GoT used throughout its 8 season run. The prequel series, devised by Kick-Ass‘s Jane Goldman and Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin, is set some 5,000 years prior to Robert’s Rebellion and the tumultuous events of GoT. Its focus will be the end of the Age of Heroes and the coming of the first Long Night. Presumably, fans will learn more about the Night King than the final episode of GoT‘s 8th season offered. The cast includes Naomi Watts, Josh Whitehouse, Miranda Richardson, Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sheila Atim, Ivanno Jeremiah, Georgie Henley, Alex Sharp, and Toby Regbo. Goldman will serve as showrunner with Martin, Vince Gerardis, Daniel Zelman and Jim Danger Gray also serving as executive producers.
Of course, the pilot is only part of the program’s journey to broadcast. HBO will still have to approve the pilot for series, then the series itself has to be produced before HBO can announce a release date. With that in mind, EW suggests the series will start — provided it gets picked up — in spring of 2021, taking GoT‘s place on the network’s calendar.
Then there’s the issue of the name. Martin previously said it would be called The Long Night, a name HBO quickly disavowed. Perhaps they are hoping Martin will give it a name closer to the Game of Thrones phrasing he used in his Ice and Fire novel cycle. Perhaps, A Night of Nights?