George R.R. Martin Gets His Way: ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Will be Called ‘The Long Night’
In a turn surprising no one, George R.R. Martin got his way on what the forthcoming Game of Thrones prequel will be called.
I don’t think the entertainment world has been clear enough about the historical nature of the forthcoming Game of Thrones prequel. HBO has had hit shows before. From Oz to Sex & The City to The Sopranos, this is a network which has changed the face of television with their programming. But when shows are done on HBO, that’s it. There’s no Oz prequel. Sex & The City made sequel movies, but they didn’t do it on HBO. There’s no spinoff called Carmella for The Sopranos. But Game of Thrones is different. For the first time, HBO is making a spinoff of a hit program.
To be clear, every choice they’ve made is playing it safe. Faces with ideas of doing dragon heavy (IE expensive) stories, of portions of Westerosi history entirely unlike the current series, they chose the one idea which was not only the cheapest but the closest to the story already being told. As they say on Battlestar Galactica, “All this has happened before, and all this will happen again.” Having done the “Again” part, they’re now doing the “Before.”
To wit, the synopsis is as follows:
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’ 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.
At the time this news dropped, George R.R. Martin admitted his mental title for the series was The Long Night. But even he realized it wasn’t exactly sexy, nor did it have Game of Thrones in it anywhere. My own personal guess was Game of Thrones: Age of Heroes, which I admit sounds a bit like a forthcoming video game from the now-defunct TellTale company.
But it turns out HBO is being cautious about the new show, and their first foray into prequel/sequel land. George R.R. Martin gave them something which shouldn’t have worked once already. So if he wants to call it The Long Night, why should they stand in his way?
Martin confirmed the title this morning in his blog post about the first casting news. Naomi Watts will star in the new series. (At least for the first season. God knows if the show is planning another Sean Bean exit for her.)
Casting is now underway for THE LONG NIGHT, the first of the GAME OF THRONES successor series to ordered to film. HBO has just announced the first cast member: NAOMI WATTS is coming on board as one of our stars.
Martin also suggested when HBO said all other prequels were shelved for the moment to concentrate on the one moving ahead, they were exaggerating.
Meanwhile, there are still a couple of other possible prequels in active development. I can’t tell you the subject matter of those projects, no, sorry, wish I could. The readers among you might want to grab a copy of FIRE & BLOOD when it is released on November 20, though.
This continues to suggest HBO wants two Game of Thrones prequels on the air. One focusing on Westeros and the Starks and Lannisters and all the details fans are familiar with, and another Targaryen and Dragon heavy show, which will probably be greenlit once they determine The Long Night‘s success level.
Meanwhile, Game of Thrones Season 8 has given us no reason to believe it’s not arriving in Mid-May of 2019 on HBO.