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Game Of Thrones: HBO orders pilot episode for prequel series

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We’ve been hearing for months that HBO has been developing Game Of Thrones spinoff series ideas, and now it looks like the network is pressing ahead with one of the concepts. The news today is that HBO has ordered a pilot episode for one of these Game Of Thrones prequels, and George R.R. Martin is involved in the production.

We don’t know the title of this spinoff, but we do know rather a lot about it. In terms of the timeline, for instance, we know that the pilot episode that HBO plans to shoot will be set thousands of years before the events of Game Of Thrones.

And in terms of plot, HBO’s official statement revealed that this prequel series will explore “the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour”.

The statement from HBO also told us this: “From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ 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.”

The spinoff series has been created by A Song Of Ice And Fire author George R.R. Martin and British screenwriter Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, Kingsman).

If the pilot goes down well at HBO, a full series could well follow. But apparently, even if it does go ahead, we won’t see this prequel on our screens until after Game Of Thrones ends in 2019.

We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.