20 Jun 2019 AT 10:51 AM

Filming for Game of Thrones prequel is underway

The Long Night continues…
20 Jun 2019 AT 10:51 AM
Filming for Game of Thrones prequel is underway

Did you really expect Game of Thrones to come to an end after season 8? Westeros is a big place, which is exactly what this new spin-off will explore.

A Game of Thrones prequel has begun filming in Northern Ireland, and could be set 500 years before the events of the main series. That means no Jon Snow to save the day.

“Westeros is a very different place,” said the book's author, George RR Martin in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, who is apparently working on the new series alongside director S.J Clarkson and showrunner Jane Goldman.

“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.”

So no return for Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headley, or even Lovejoy, then. Instead, the new cast is said to be led by King Kong’s Naomi Watts who is apparently “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.” Interesting. Also reportedly cast are Jamie Campbell Bower, Georgie Henley and Miranda Richardson.

It’s only just begun filming, so don’t expect this prequel for another few years. In the meantime, there’s plenty of other shows to look forward to, including Glow season three and Amazon’s new anti-superhero series called The Boys.

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