Game Of Thrones prequel promises strong female characters and compelling story

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HBO’s boss bloke, Casey Bloys, has been promising big things from the Game Of Thrones prequel series. Jane Goldman’s show, which will take place thousands of years before Thrones and detail “the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour”, will have complicated characters and a story that grabs you.

“There are very strong female characters but it’s an ensemble, there is men and women,” Bloys said at a posh TCA press event. “Jane is a very good writer, we don’t want to limit her to writing female leads. There are a lot of very complicated leads in [the pilot episode].”

As for Goldman’s motivation for writing the series, Bloys insisted that she didn’t set out to address unclear elements from Thrones or anything like that.

“Jane did not go into that wanting to answer anything about Game Of Thrones; it was the story that spoke to her,” Bloys explained, making us feel rather optimistic about the show’s core narrative. “

“It will feel very different because it’s 8,000 years before,” Bloys added. “It’s a very different setting, a very different time in Westeros. It will feel different but still Game Of Thrones.”

And although several Thrones prequel series were in development at HBO at one point, Bloys claims that this one is the network’s only focus at the moment in terms of spinoffs.

“That was the one we’re excited about”, Bloys said of Goldman’s script, before going on to make it clear that the other four spinoff scripts are not being developed any further at this point.

It shouldn’t be long before we hear some casting news for Goldman’s pilot episode, and we’ll be sure to keep you posted as we see that news come in.

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