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The Game of Thrones prequel series begins filming

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Like many of you, I was disappointed with Game of Thrones Season 8. It all felt too rushed and I am sure the same story elements would have worked better with a few more episodes or another season to let them build organically. However, our watch of that has come to an end, but a prequel series is just beginning.

The prequel show has begun filming in Northern Ireland for HBO. It was created by Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, Kingsman) George R.R. Martin. Goldman also wrote it based on a story by her and Martin.

Taking place thousands of years before the events of “Game of Thrones,” Goldman’s project 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’ 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.

The show stars Naomi Watts, Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Miranda Richardson, Josh Whitehouse, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sheila Atim, Ivanno Jeremiah, Alex Sharp and Toby Regbo.

Martin has suggested the show will be titled The Long Night. According to EW, if the pilot is greenlit to series, the earliest we’re likely to see the show on the air is late 2020; with the spring of 2021 a more likely launch target given that’s when HBO preferred to premiere seasons of GoT.

Goldman will also serve as showrunner. She and Martin will executive produce along with Daniel Zelman, James Farrell, Jim Danger Gray, and “Game of Thrones” executive producer Vince Gerardis. Chris Symes will co-executive produce.

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