Game Of Thrones prequel: George R. R. Martin teases “a different and older world”

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Jane Goldman’s Game Of Thrones prequel TV series will feature “a different and older world”, and George R. R. Martin has been teasing what that might look like.

Speaking to EW about his latest book (which is a Targaryen history tome entitled Fire And Blood), Martin spoke a little about the Game Of Thrones prequel TV show that HBO has in the works with Jane Goldman.

The show is believed to be entitled The Long Night, and Martin explained that it takes place around “5,000 years” before the events of Game Of Thrones and the A Song Of Ice And Fire books.

In terms of what the world at large looked like, that far back in Westerosi history, Martin offered this tantalising tease:

“Westeros is a very different place. There’s no King’s Landing. There’s no Iron Throne. There are no Targaryens — Valyria has hardly begun to rise yet with its dragons and the great empire that it built. We’re dealing with a different and older world and hopefully that will be part of the fun of the series.”

Indeed, 5,000 years is a long time. It’s a much bigger gap in time than Star Wars, The Lord Of The Rings and Harry Potter had between their original iterations and their prequels movies.

With that in mind, we shouldn’t expect The Long Night to be a prequel that includes too many direct nods to the characters and events of the original Game Of Thrones. It’ll largely be a new thing, we assume, and that could be a lot of fun to explore.

We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.