While it’s only been a matter of days since Game of Thrones‘ final episode aired, fans are curious to find out exactly where the hugely-popular franchise goes next.
A Game of Thrones prequel is coming, and the wheels are very much in motion. We don’t have a release date yet, but stars have been cast and a pilot will soon be shot.
According to new comments from HBO programming president Casey Bloys, that might involve a bit of a wait.
“I don’t know.” Bloys revealed. “I have to get a sense from production when we see scripts for a season, how big and involved it is. Shooting a pilot in June and having it on the air a year later feels a little rushed, but it’s too soon to tell.”
“The casting was completed a couple of weeks ago.” Bloys continued. “They are busy in Belfast prepping and getting ready to start shooting in a couple of weeks.”
The currently-untitled prequel will star Naomi Watts, Josh Whitehouse, Miranda Richardson, Jamie Campbell Bower, Toby Regbo, Georgie Henley, Alex Sharp, Naomi Ackie, Marquis Rodriguez, John Simms, Richard McCabe, John Heffernan, and Dixie Egerickx. The series is expected to be set thousands of years before the events of Thrones, and follow some previously-untold moments in Westeros’ history.
HBO’s official synopsis of the show has it taking place “thousands of years” before The Song of Ice and Fire story, and adds that the prequel will chronicle “the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour.”