Now that the author George R. R. Martin has said that one of the spinoff series’ has been trashed, there are four Game of Thrones spin-offs under development.
Martin also disclosed that among the various series based on the world depicted in A Song of Ice and Fire was greenlighted for a pilot from HBO, but, hasn’t yet been given a season order.
Martin mentioned this on his website, ‘Not A Blog,’ and revealed information about the upcoming prequel which will be the famous screenwriter Jane Goldman’s turn as showrunner.
The famous author said: “Yes, this is a prequel, not a sequel. None of the characters or actors from GAME OF THRONES will appear in the new show.
“All of the successor shows we’ve been developing have been prequels, as I have mentioned before.
“This one really puts the PRE in prequel, since it is set not 90 years before GAME OF THRONES (like Dunk & Egg), or a few hundred years, but rather ten thousand years (well, assuming the oral histories of the First Men are accurate, but there are maesters at the Citadel who insist it has only been half that long).
“We’re very early in the process, of course, with the pilot order just in, so we don’t have a director yet, or a cast, or a location, or even a title. (My vote would be THE LONG NIGHT, which says it all, but I’d be surprised if that’s where we end up. More likely HBO will want to work the phrase “game of thrones” in there somewhere. We’ll know sooner or later).”
The pilot episode script has been readied by Goldman, and it is expected to start production soon, now that the director has been appointed and the casting calls are on.
According to fan speculations, Martin was talking about the Age of Heroes, but, where is this Age of Heroes placed in the Game of Thrones timeline and what exactly does it mean?
When was the Age of Heroes in Game of Thrones?
According to the Game of Thrones history, the Age of Heroes was 10,000 years prior to the contemporary Game of Thrones incidents, and it started with the approval of The Pact between the Children of the Forest and the First Men.
The Pact resulted in an end of the wars that the two races had been fighting for about 2,000 years.
The name ‘Age of Heroes’ is derived from figures who reportedly lived at that time such as Bran the Build and Lan the Clever, the ancestors of Star and Lannister houses respectively.
Among the other major figures of that period were, Artys Arryn aka the Falcon Knight, The Grey King (first ruler of the Ironborn), Garth Greenhand and DurranGodsgrief, etc.
There is not much information available about this mysterious Age of Heroes, and it has become a combination of myth and legend.
Importantly though, the Age of Heroes is the time when the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros were established.
This was a period when small kingdoms emerged and got destroyed in a battle for supremacy which also gave birth to traditions such as the hospitality of the North and safeguarding of the visitors, a custom which was massively and sadly ignored during the Red Wedding.
Thus, the prequel might thematically resemble the period of Vikings or The Last Kingdom, both leading to the establishment of today’s England.
Martin is a famous history lover, and he loves to take inspiration from the real-life history to create events that are witnessed in Game of Thrones.
For example, the Seven Kingdoms resemble the ones described in the early history of England, and the battle between the Lannisters and the Starks is inspired by the War of the Roses.
Apparently, the Age of Heroes might be the ideal starting place for the spin-offs.
Barely 2,000 years after the start of Age of Heroes, the Long Night arrived, and the White Walkers unleashed a war that continued for an entire generation.
Age of Heroes was preceded by the Dawn Age which was when the First Men landed in Westeros.
The 8th and final season of Game of Thrones will be aired next year.