For many, this year means one thing, and one thing only: the end of Game of Thrones. Without a doubt, GoT is the biggest show on television. However, all good things must come to an end. Thankfully, HBO announced a forthcoming Game of Thrones prequel series, and rumors are flying all over the place. Here’s everything we know about the show, and some ideas for plotlines…
Game of Thrones Prequel: Rumors & Facts
Fans everywhere are counting down the days until the season 8 premiere of Game of Thrones. At the same time, they are also hyping up HBO’s forthcoming prequel!
In October 2018, Thrones‘ creators announced a prequel series, tentatively titled The Long Night. Currently, it is set to air in 2020, at the earliest. HBO issued a statement on the show, saying, “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.”
The statement is purposefully vague, mentioning various characters and eras. However, while the story isn’t set, the first series’ regular is: Naomi Watts signed on late last year. Creators said original cast members could definitely appear in the prequel, as well. So amidst this exciting news, fans and websites have started to try and guess what the prequel will be about. Here are our best guesses!
The Night King & the “Original” Long Night
“Winter is coming,” is likely Game of Thrones‘ most iconic line. And, as it turns out, it could also become the basis for the prequel. Fans of the books know that the first Long Night lasted for an entire generation, some 8,000 years before the current show. For those who haven’t read the books, its quite similar to the current Night Walkers versus men storyline.
This prequel idea is a fan-favorite across the internet – not to mention the prequel is currently titled The Long Night. People would love to know of the origins of the Night King (who is he, really?) and the White Walkers!
The First Men
The first humans to step foot on now-Westeros, some 12,000 years before Aegon’s Landing, are called the First Men. We hear about them mainly from the Night’s Watch, but don’t know much. When the First Men first arrived on the island, they ran into Children of the Forest, which are mythical-like creatures who worship nature. For years, the Children and the First Men violently clashed. It even led to the Children creating the White Walkers to help defend against the First Men (they later lost control of the Walkers). However, ultimately, the First Men embraced Children of the Forest’s customs and settled there. Afterward, the parties reached a pact: the deep woods would remain the Children’s territory, and the First Men would live throughout the rest of Westeros.
If Children of the Forest sounds familiar to you, they are the ones who helped Bran and Hodor defeat the White Walkers in season 6. And if the Game of Thrones prequel tells the story of the First Men, it would definitely involve some excellent war scenes, pleasing fans of the current show. Hey, maybe even we’ll get to see the creation of the White Walkers!
The Story of Lyanna Stark & Rhaegar Targaryen
This Game of Thrones prequel idea is also a fan favorite – as basically, Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen’s affair kicked off the events as we currently know them. Quick recap: Lyanna is Ned Stark’s sister, who fell in love with the already-married Rhaegar (Daenerys’ older brother). Still, they had a baby together, needing to go into hiding together afterward. This kicked off Robert’s Rebellion, leading to the current events of the show. Then, one day, Ned Stark appeared in Winterfell with a baby – Lyanna and Rhaegar’s baby – and named him Jon Snow. From there on out, they passed him off as Ned’s bastard baby.
So, in summary, the prequel would revolve around Lyanna and Rhaegar’s characters, who we’ve only received glimpses of. It could be an incredibly different show, one more about love, revenge, and political rivalries. Maybe that’s what we need though, after the current incarnation of GoT: a smaller cast and less violence.
Just like all of you, we eagerly await HBO’s new Game of Thrones prequel series and can’t wait to see what they do next!