Is anyone interested in this Game of Thrones prequel, ‘The Long Night’?

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Now that we’ve had a full 24 hours to absorb the sh-tty finale of Game of Thrones, I am left wondering about all of the spinoffs, prequels and sequels which are already being scheduled. As of right now, there are no plans for a Game of Thrones SEQUEL, a la The Adventures of Bran the Broken, or Arya: Coming To America, or Winter’s Queen: Sansa marries some Northern bloke. Something that will be coming out sooner rather than later is a mega-prequel to the Game of Thrones world called The Long Night. The Long Night is set to start production soon, like this month or next. It will probably air next year or in 2021. Obviously, it will be about the original Long Night, thousands of years before the Game of Thrones timeline. Here’s some additional info:

What’s the title? Unofficially, it’s The Long Night. Last fall, George R.R. Martin, the author behind the beloved saga, seemingly revealed the title on Twitter. “Casting is now underway for THE LONG NIGHT, the first of the GAME OF THRONES successor series to ordered to film,” he tweeted. However, HBO has not even confirmed a working title for the project yet, so stay tuned. After all, if the original series took all of its cues from G.R.R.M, it would have been named the slightly more unwieldy A Song of Ice and Fire.

Here’s the official description: “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. From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’s history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend, only one thing is for sure: It’s not the story we think we know.”

When exactly does it take place? It’s still unclear. Per Entertainment Weekly, originally the assumption was 10,000 years before the events in GoT, since Martin’s books say the Age of Heroes was around that time. Martin has since clarified that it’s more like 5,000 years ago.

What was Westeros like back then? Martin pointed out to EW that he’s written very little about this period, which admittedly doesn’t give the prequel much of a roadmap. On the flip side, it means the showrunners can get creative. “Westeros is a very different place,” Martin said. “There’s no King’s Landing. There’s no Iron Throne. There are no Targaryens — Valyria has hardly begun to rise yet with its dragons and the great empire that it built. We’re dealing with a different and older world and hopefully that will be part of the fun of the series.”

Who’s starring? This time, Westeros is looking more diverse and female-focused than ever before. The project will be led by Oscar nominee Naomi Watts (King Kong), Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth), and Denise Gough (Broadway’s Angels in America).

Who is behind it? George RR Martin and Jane Goldman (X-Men: First Class, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Kick-Ass) are the creators of this new series, with Goldman serving as the showrunner. Both will executive produce, alongside SJ Clarkson, James Farrell, Jim Danger Gray, Vince Gerardis, Daniel Zelman and co-executive producer Chris Symes. Clarkson has also been tapped as director for the show’s pilot. She most recently directed and produced the BBC/Netflix production Collateral and she has also directed episodes of Orange Is the New Black, Dexter, Bates Motel, and the pilot for Jessica Jones. Clarkson has also been announced as directing the next big-screen Star Trek film.

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This is, I believe, the time period of Bran the Builder, who built the Wall during or after the Long Night. Back then, I think the Starks were aligned with the Children of the Forest, and there was just a lot more magic and supernatural stuff going around. When I’m hoping is that even though this is about The Long Night, the show isn’t blanketed in darkness, or else people are going to tune the f–k out. As for Naomi Watts… eh. It could be interesting, I guess. I wonder how many lies were told about the Long Night and how and why the Night King was made.

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33 Responses to “Is anyone interested in this Game of Thrones prequel, ‘The Long Night’?”

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  1. Megan says:

    If they make a prequel movie, I might watch it, but I am not investing in an entire series. GoT was such a let down.

  2. Snazzy says:

    No because I’m still annoyed by the ending, but yes too?

  3. Ashley G says:

    I am not. 8 years was enough

    • enike says:

      8 years was enough to understand the backstory of the Night King and the ice zombies?
      I dont think so

  4. manda says:

    I am not here for any spin offs unless they make one about arya

  5. Becks1 says:

    I am interested, I like prequels. And it doesn’t sound like its going to end with the Mad King on the throne, so its not an immediate prequel, so I think they’ll have some more freedom.

  6. PlayItAgain says:

    Sure, I’ll try it. Why not?

  7. blinkers says:

    I usually check out all high fantasy stuff but was never into George rr Martin’s writing. However, I’ll probably check out at least one episode this because of Naomi Watts… liked her since Tank Girl

  8. MrsBanjo says:

    I’m curious because of who’s attached so far and that it would take place thousands of years before GoT. It would be great if they explore Bran the Builder. Also, I’m interested since D&D won’t be involved.

  9. snappyfish says:

    Nope. Not for a second. I’m not even sure I will read the last two books (if he ever writes them)

  10. lowercaselila says:

    Just like producers did with other successful series, like Sex and the City. The where are the characters now movies, this will happen in a few years. Look at the Star Trek it goes on and on with a series and movies. I felt the ending was too ambiguous for many of the GOT characters and would leave open a movie.

  11. Jenns says:

    Yes, I am. I enjoy the magical elements of the story, and consider that The Long Night episode was more like a One Night Stand, I want to see if this series can do the legend justice.

  12. Cee says:

    I am. I really wanted to find out who the Night King was and how he came into existence. I was pissed about this not making it into the final season lol

  13. Char says:

    Honestly, since the battle with the Night King was so rushed and ended up being so disapointing, I would be more interested in a Targaryan prequel. Bring in the dragons.

  14. Jennifer Price says:

    Yes, yes, a thousand times yes! I love this fantasy stuff 🙂

  15. BayTampaBay says:

    Personally, I am waiting on the Downton Abbey prequel.

  16. Alyse says:

    Yea, I want to know more about the white walkers and the legends from that era

  17. fifee says:

    This appeals to me more than GOT, so will be looking forward to it.

  18. Cheche says:

    As long as D & D are NOT involved, I’ll give it a shot.

  19. Eve says:

    I’m more interested in the mini series “Chernobyl” (also on HBO).

    Amazing! Really well done, great acting BUT I must warn you: extremely depressing and haunting.

  20. Case says:

    I do think it’s unfortunate that they already started this not knowing how the reaction to the final season would be. I suppose by 2021 people may be interested again, but the finale left a bad taste in SO many fans’ mouths that I can’t imagine much interest at the moment.

  21. JanetDR says:

    I’ll tell you what prequel I am interested in – Dunk and Egg! At least there is a book wth dialogue that couldn’t be screwed up too badly.

  22. pinetree13 says:

    But didn’t they already show us how the night king got made? When it showed that child of the forest being stabbed or whatever?! I dunno I can barely remember that episode but they did show it.

    It also annoyed me that the series showed us the creepy children of the forest but then they never appeared again or said anything about them even after the Night King was destroyed. Also dumb was how The Mountain was harder to kill than the Night King…

  23. Mads says:

    There isn’t a Night King in the books just the white walkers, referred to as “The Others”. It would be interesting to see the war between the Children of the Forest and the First Men; how the Others were pushed back and the building of the wall but I am really interested where the saying “there must always be a Stark in Winterfell” came from and whether there is a lost meaning behind it.

  24. The Recluse says:

    I am deeply ambivalent about this.
    I feel kind of burnt out by this last season of GoT.

  25. Angry Bird says:

    i’d be more inclined to watch the prequels if it featured an unknown /lesser-known cast and those with careers in theatre. i want to see new faces.

    also, i’m not here for naomi watts.

    • Katashae says:

      Same. I like Watts, but for shows like this it just overpowers the story imo. I’d rather see a lesser well-known actor. Doesn’t have to be obsure out of nowhere, but just not a global superstar like Watts, it takes away for me.

  26. Shiba says:

    Of course I’m interested. And the producing names attached are very strong – SJ Clarkson
    GoT ended differently than some fans liked, plus the last two seasons felt rushed. Dissatisfaction is understandable. However, this mass fan whinging is pathetic. It was a GREAT show, with unforgettable characters, providing us, the audience, with pleasure, escape & the opportunity for endless discussion. Was it perfect? NO.
    Am I OK with the flawed, beautiful result
    over 8 years?

  27. SKF says:

    This is going to be Bronze Age stuff. The First Men arrived in Westeros and clashed with the Children of the Forrest. They had bronze weaponry. When the Andals came later, the reason they were so successful is because they had iron and steel weaponry vs the First Men’s bronze. The First Men started copping down Weirwood’s, I suppose the Children made the Others to counteract that (if they stick to the show version – it is unclear in the books), and then the First Men and the Children had to come together and fight back the Others. The Last Hero is involved, Bran the Builder too. It will be interesting if there any references to Valyria – that is an interesting world that would be cool to explore.

    I was reading through some of the Targ history and it is so rich… There are some amazing stories there that could be very cool to tell. Maegor the Cruel, the Dance of Dragons, and more. Lots of stuff to mine! I also think spending time in Essos would be interesting: perhaps the wars between Valyria and the Rhoynar and then Nymeria’s exploits as she led her people to the West.