HBO president Casey Bloys has provided fans with an update on the final season of Game of Thrones, as well as the prequel series penned by Jane Goldman and George R.R. Martin, which will hopefully begin production in 2019.
There were a number of prequels for the hit series in production at once, in order for HBO to develop the perfect spin-off as quickly as they could, but it was Goldman whose script won the day.
“That was the one we’re excited about,” explained Bloys. The others aren’t happening right now, and while Bloys said some of them had been completely disregarded, he did note that there are still some possibilities to explore.
With regards to the final season of Game of Thrones, Bloys told those at the Television Critics Association, “I’m not going to say what to expect (in the final season) through it’s pretty great.”
Based on a story from Goldman and Martin, the prequel pilot (which got the greenlight in June) is set thousands of years before the events of GoT, and none of the current show’s actors will appear. The series is described as exploring “the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend… it’s not the story we think we know.”
Writing in a June blog post, Martin said “This one really puts the pre in prequel, since it is set not ninety 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.”
Game of Thrones’ final season will air in the first half of 2019 – unfortunately, Bloys was no more specific.