Game of Thrones Prequel:
The biggest series in Hollywood just lost a lot of points in the final Season since there was just a whole lot of backlash caused looking at the direction in which the show was taken. Even the critics didn’t support the final 4 Episodes as the Rotten Tomatoes Score just kept dropping. HBO did get the highest viewership ratings ever, but even they cannot admit the fact that all the fans were pleased. Whatever it was, now it’s all done and we can look forward to the prequels that are heading our way.
We were told that there were 5 prequel stories that are being developed at HBO, but one of them is far ahead of the others in its development stage. HBO already ordered a pilot for this prequel which is set 1000 years before the events of Game of Thrones. Kick-Ass and Kingsman: The Secret Service writer Jane Goldman is working with the series author George R.R. Martin and these two will also executive produce the series along with Vince Gerardis and Daniel Zelman.
5 actors had already been cast by HBO along with Naomi Watts. The list includes – Marquis Rodriguez (Netflix’s When They See Us), John Simm (Doctor Who and Life on Mars), Richard McCabe (Hulu’s Harlots), John Heffernan (Collateral actor) and Dixie Egerickx (Patrick Melrose and The Little Stranger). This made us think that the show is moving much faster than we could actually imagine, and HBO could actually air the pilot by the next year itself. But, thinking that would make us wrong as we may have to wait until 2021 for this prequel to arrive.
HBO programming president Casey Bloys spoke to Deadline about Thrones‘ upcoming prequel series, and according to his comments, it may take quite a while for the show to arrive. When asked, he said:
“I don’t know. I have to get a sense from production when we see scripts for a season, how big and involved it is. Shooting a pilot in June and having it on the air a year later feels a little rushed, but it’s too soon to tell. The casting was completed a couple of weeks ago. They are busy in Belfast prepping and getting ready to start shooting in a couple of weeks.”
As far as other prequel spin-offs are concerned, we won’t be seeing them if this upcoming series fails. Bloys said in the past:
“I doubt it, I don’t think so. I certainly do not want to overdo it. We have so many varied shows coming up in  and ’20 and even into ’21. I think Game of Thrones is a fantastic property but I don’t want to just be the home of prequels and sequels and all that stuff. I think you want to be really careful about how you do it. That’s why we’ve been working on the Jane pilot for a long time, because we want to do it right. I don’t want to rush anything out just to rush it out. I think the last thing fans would want, something that was rushed out just to make it to air.”
Well, let’s see what happens. Hopefully, with George R.R. Martin guiding the story of the prequel, this won’t turn out to be like the final season of the original. Although, D&D should at least be given credit for what they did because all of it wasn’t bad. The show only suffered because the story was rushed.
HBO’s official logline for the Game of Thrones prequel series reads:
“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.”