Game of Thrones is not one of them but the greatest fantasy adventure show ever made by mankind. In fact, some say the world is divided into two parts – those who watch GOT and those who don’t. It has become a cultural phenomenon and millions of fans are biting their nails and having restless nights waiting for the last season of this HBO series. GOT fans are pretty hyped about the last season, and apart from that, HBO is actually bringing us the Game of Thrones Prequel, ‘The Long Night.’
HBO had put in Five Potential Projects pertaining to different aspects and setting up different storylines from the prequels and the first one has been titled The Long Night, as confirmed by George R.R. Martin. HBO hired Kick-Ass and Kingsman: The Secret Service writer Jane Goldman to work on the series with George R.R. Martin and they have given us the official Synopsis of the series we will be getting post Game of Thrones Season 8:
“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. And only one thing is for sure: 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… it’s not the story we think we know.”
Now, the latest updates have confirmed the fact that two-time Oscar Nominee Naomi Watts has become the first actor to sign on with HBO for ‘The Long Night’ and HBO’s president of programming, Casey Bloys has confirmed that the prequel will take place 8000 years before Robert’s Rebellion.
This will actually be the last time that a long winter took over the world which resulted in a large number of people dying with hunger & cold or being murdered by the Wights and the White Walkers.
Now a new theory which has come into the light, courtesy of Screen Rant and a lot of fans across the internet, which says that The Long Night will actually be based on the life of legendary warrior Azor Ahai who has been mentioned various times in the current show.
He didn’t appear on Game of Thrones because of the fact that he has been dead for 1000s of years, but we have felt his presence on the show through Melisandre who follows the Lord of the Light and believes that the successor of Azor Ahai will rise.
She actually believed that Stannis Baratheon will be the successor of Azor Ahai, but she was wrong in believing so at first, and now her focus has shifted upon Jon Snow who is believed to be the reincarnation of Ahai as his life’s story matches up with several pieces of the prophecy of Azor Ahai’s return.
This is actually believed by many fans as Jon Snow will probably be the one to defeat the White Walkers and the Wights with the legendary sword Lightbringer and something similar happened during the last winter when Azor Ahai emerged as a champion of the deity known as the Lord of Light.
Azor Ahai actually forged the mighty Lightbringer by plunging his sword into the chest of his wife, Nissa Nissa who is now believed to be played by Namoi Watts, as her character on the show has been described as “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.” But none of this is confirmed yet, and it is just a very believable fan theory.
Logically, The Long Night is a great opportunity to explore the legends of Azor Ahai, as it will give the fans someone to root for, who is actually better than Jon Snow! Ahai is one amongst several legendary figures in the mythology of A Song of Ice and Fire, and we’d like to see his story come to life after the emotional ending of Game of Thrones Season 8.
But it is confirmed that similar to Game of Thrones, The Long Night will not be a show surrounded around one single character of great relevance, as Casey Bloys has already mentioned that the show will feature an ensemble with plenty of strong and complex characters. We just can’t wait to see Season 8, which will return around June 2019, and it will be followed by The Long Night in 2020 (probably).