Game of Thrones fans, brace yourselves… winter is coming. And while it might not involve any White Walkers or a resurrected (and still very handsome) Jon Snow, there is talk of another Game of Thrones prequel in the works at HBO.
Deadline reports that the unnamed prequel is the creative product of author and co-executive producer George R.R Martin along with Ryan Condal, co-creator of the Colony series, and will focus on the House Targaryen.
This isn’t the first prequel to be announced for the series, as the cable network reportedly teamed up with four writers to develop four to five potential series based on the hit HBO show, with three of those still in the works. Although specific details on the shows — and whether or not they’ll all receive the green light — are still under wraps, one has already wrapped production on a pilot episode, with Naomi Watts starring. And while Naomi’s role remains a secret for now, we do know that the drama will take place thousands of years before Game of Thrones, with HBO teasing: “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, only one thing is for sure: It’s not the story we think we know.”
The latest prequel is set to unfold later on in George R.R. Martin’s fantasy universe, but 300 years before the Fall of Winterfell and the events of the Game of Thrones series. Based on the Fire & Blood book, the story will centre on the House Targaryen, beginning with Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne.
As we know from our GoT history lessons, anything to do with the Targaryens has plenty of potential drama to offer — throw a dragon (or three) into the mix, and we’ve got must-see TV on our hands.
With credit to the countless hours fans dedicated to the elaborate plot twists (we’re still reeling from the Red Wedding), dramatic battle scenes, and binge-worthy cliff-hangers GoT was known for, the interest in multiple spin-off series’ comes as no surprise.
Of course, with talks of another prequel comes even more fan-generated curiosity — who will they cast to bring the Targaryen family to life? Keeping with the classic Targaryen traits, we could totally see Alexander Skarsgård suit up for the role of a dragonlord.
In the meantime, we’ll be brushing up on our Targaryen knowledge — as if we needed an excuse to re-watch Game of Thrones on Crave.