What Will the ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Be About? Here’s What We Know

Now that Game of Thrones is finished, fans are eager to hear what’s coming next. This curiosity is at least partially fueled by the general disappointment in the series finale—for a show that was never afraid to take risks or make hard choices, the finale felt extremely lackluster and even, dare we say, boring. Some people started a petition for a remake. But most are just wondering when we can expect the first of many spinoff shows.

Good news, Game of Thrones fans! The next chapter in the series, which will be a prequel to the story we just experienced, is in the beginning stages of development and has the potential to be as good as if not better than the original.

Here’s everything we know about the GoT prequel, which is being called The Long Night (unofficially).

The Night King and White Walkers
The Night King and White Walkers | Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images

Don’t expect to see a Jon Snow cameo

Though the fates of our favorite Game of Thrones characters were left a little vague, the prequel won’t explore their future or their pasts. That’s because the prequel setting is thousands of years before the story of what just happened in Westeros—so unless they invent time travel, Arya, Sansa, Tyrion, Daenerys, and Jon Snow will be a long way from born.

Here’s what the official description says about the setting: “Taking place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, the series chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’s history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend, only one thing is for sure: It’s not the story we think we know.”

George R.R. Martin
George R. R. Martin | Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb

Showrunners will have creative control

The story that the prequel will follow hasn’t been written yet, which gives writers an producers full creative control over what happens. As GoT creator George R.R. Martin explained to People, “Westeros is a very different place. There’s no King’s Landing. There’s no Iron Throne. There are no Targaryens — Valyria has hardly begun to rise yet with its dragons and the great empire that it built. We’re dealing with a different and older world and hopefully that will be part of the fun of the series.”

Martin will likely be consulted for his opinion on the storyline and character development. But there’s no chance of fans become irate when the storyline takes a different turn from the books since there are no books to consult.

Who will star in it?

Naomi Watts
Naomi Watts | Desiree Navarro/WireImage

If you’re mad about how the last season of Game of Thrones turned out, don’t worry too much—creators for the prequel are Martin and Jane Goldman (X-Men: First ClassKingsman: The Secret ServiceKick-Ass), not GoT showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff. A new creative team means a completely unique spin on events and characters, which many fans agree could be a welcome change of pace.

Oscar nominee Naomi Watts has agreed to star in the series along with Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth), Denise Gough (Made in America), and many other recognizable names in Hollywood. The cast is notably female-driven.

Filming is set to begin summer of 2019 and the pilot will air on HBO in 2020 or 2021, at least one year after the GoT finale.