If you thought you’d have to wait for George R.R. Martin to finally finish The Winds of Winter (seriously, man, it’s been eight years) for more hot Thrones content, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. The unnamed HBO prequel to GoT has reportedly started filming and the location will be pretty familiar to fans.
According to the Belfast Telegraph, production has begun on the new series in Northern Ireland—a locale fans might recognize from little, inconsequential moments in the series like THE RED WEDDING and the BATTLE OF THE BASTARDS. The story is being developed by Martin himself (seriously, anything to not write that book, eh?) and Jane Goldman of Kingsman, X-Men and Stardust-writing fame.
The new series stars Naomi Watts as “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret in the drama pilot” and takes place thousands of years before GoT, chronicling the world’s “descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour,” or, you know… a game of thrones…
Other actors linked to the project include Miranda Richardson, Georgie Henley, Marquis Rodriguez (who is just coming off starring in Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us) and Jamie Campbell Bower and Toby Regbo, who played young Grindelwald and young Dumbledore respectively in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
Martin has made clear that we won’t be seeing any OG Thrones actors in the series (bummer) and since the series takes place so far in the future, there won’t be any mentions of GoT characters or even references to previous events discussed in the show—which we guess makes sense from a time perspective.
HBO reportedly has five GoT prequel series in the works (they’ve been specific that they’re “prequels,” not “spin-offs”) and with one already in production, it looks like we’re not going to be wanting for Song of Ice and Fire stories. Except. For. That. Book. George.