At last year’s Television Critics Association summer press tour, HBO programming president Casey Bloys offered a time table for their proposed Game of Thrones prequel: decisions would not be made until after GoT finished airing. But a year makes a difference and with Jane Goldman’s pitch for a series center around the first Long Night entering into a pilot phase, Bloys has a new time table.
According to TV Line, he announced, “we hope to be shooting sometime in the new year” during his morning conversation at this year’s TCA summer press tour. “We’re just starting the search for a director… we have to cast it.”
The potential series — one of five the network was developing alongside A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin and various television producers — will focus on the end of the Age of Heroes and the descent of the world into the long night. It will also delve into the “true origin” of the White Walkers and presumably feature Azor Ahai, the legendary hero who aided the Starks and others in the North in defeating the wights the last time around.
Of those other possible spinoffs, at least two are still in active development. One is said to focus on the Doom of Valyria: the period of time when the Targaryens abandoned Essos and Valyria itself was consumed by an cataclysmic fate.
And while the Goldman series may end up on air quicker than anyone dreamed, it will still hold true to part of Bloys’ original timetable: it will not air until Game of Thrones completes its run next year.
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