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Earlier this week we learned that the ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel could reference a time when it wasn’t the Seven Kingdoms but instead, “there are a hundred kingdoms,” but that isn’t all that George R.R. Martin shared about the upcoming HBO series. While Martin didn’t discuss specific characters, there was a mention of a few famous Great Houses and other fun details about the era that we’ll be visiting.

It should come as no surprise that one of the key houses that will appear are the most famous descendants from the First Men – the Starks. Martin shared that “The Starks will definitely be there.” While we won’t see any dragons flying around in the prequel, “obviously the White Walkers are here — or as they’re called in my books, The Others — and that will be an aspect of it. There are things like direwolves and mammoths.” One would suspect that if the White Walkers have any significance to this series that they won’t be the significant motivating plot factor much like ‘Game of Thrones.’


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One famous family who always pays its debts won’t appear as “The Lannisters aren’t there yet, but Castlery Rock is certainly there; it’s like the Rock of Gibraltar. It’s actually occupied by the Casterlys — for whom it’s still named after in the time of Game of Thrones.” Martin has previously written that the Casterlys lost their home to Lann the Clever who would start House Lannister and it isn’t clear if we’ll see that play out in this series or not.

As to who we might see as the lead, there won’t be a single one:

“I hesitate to use the word ‘lead,’ as you know for Game of Thrones, we never even nominated anybody for lead actress or lead actor [during awards season] until recently; it was always for supporting [categories] because the show is such an ensemble. I think that will be true for this show too. We don’t have leads so much as a large ensemble cast.”

While Martin initially was pushing for “The Long Night” as the title it could end up as a slight variation:

“I heard a suggestion that it could be called The Longest Night, which is a variant I wouldn’t mind. That would be pretty good.”

However, as studio execs have previously told Martin not to discuss the title, it seems just as likely that the show will go a completely different route.

Are you excited for the ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel? Would you love it if the prequel showed us the founding of House Lannister? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


Source: Entertainment Weekly