George R.R. Martin finally gave fans major insight into HBO’s forthcoming Game of Thrones prequel series.
The author of the GoT source novels sat down with Entertainment Tonight and dropped some major facts about the prequel, which is currently filming its pilot in Northern Ireland.
We already know that the untitled project takes place roughly 5,000 years before the events in GoT and chronicles the world’s descent from the Golden Age of Heroes to the rise of the White Walkers and the near-destruction of man.
Martin revealed which families are in, and which are out.
“The Starks will definitely be there,” he said. “Obviously the White Walkers are here — or as they’re called in my books, ‘The Others’ — and that will be an aspect of it. There are things like direwolves and mammoths.”
“The Lannisters aren’t there yet, but Castlery Rock is certainly there; it’s like the Rock of Gibraltar,” he said. “It’s actually occupied by the Casterlys — for whom it’s still named after in the time of Game of Thrones.”
As for the show’s title, Martin has some ideas but nothing’s decided yet.
“I heard a suggestion that it could be called The Longest Night, which is a variant I wouldn’t mind,” he said. “That would be pretty good.”