With Game of Thrones set to finish its run next year, HBO is working hard to try and milk more shows out of the Song of Ice and Fire IP. The network is said to be working on some spinoff shows, and as it turns out, one of them will be a prequel set thousands of years before the War of the Five Kings.
Talking to Entertainment Weekly, HBO's programming chief Casey Bloys explained why they chose to produce the script from Jane Goldman. She says:
"[We picked it because of] the story's time period, another 8,000 years before [the events in GoT], it's far enough away so it feels like a different story, a different world, because it is — the kingdoms do not exist at this point. So it felt distinct. We're not trying to do Game of ThronesPart II. No one is going to duplicate what [GoT showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] did. By setting it when we did, there's a lot going on, a lot of dynamics that are related to Game of Thrones, but it's different enough with its time period and characters its duplicative."
It's also worth noting that Goldman is the only female showrunner among the other five shows that are in development.
We don't know much about the old lore of Game of Thrones, but that's what's so exciting about the show. We might actually get to see Westeros grow into what it became when the show was introduced. What if we get to see the Wall built or maybe even the rise of the Targaryens?
This spinoff series still has no name and release date, but Game of Thrones 8 is set to come out in the first half of 2019. Catch it on HBO.