Living in the current age of digital entertainment and boundless content creation, it would be fairly difficult to imagine any television series or film, reasonably successful to start with, that would not want to repeat or at least bank upon the success story of the original. Entire franchises have been made out of rather modest entries that owe their success to a successful original or first entry, rightfully labeling the 21st century as the age of remakes, spin-offs and sequels, most of which turn out to be mindless rehashes and cash grabs milking on the regard for the original. While all of these notions have mostly sustained for most of the prequels/spin-off bases, the most notable and recent one being Peter Jackson’s exploration of the middle Earth saga in ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy of films, if there is something that can challenge that notion, it would be the now much talked about ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel.
An interesting fact, something that also verifies what I said in the opening lines, is that at least four individuals, including one from the production department of ‘Game of Thrones’, apart from David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, had pitched for different ideas about the way forward for the series, involving ideas about a prequel set in ancient times, out of which HBO chose this one, albeit with a completely different party, but not without George R.R. Martin’s serious and comprehensive involvement. So, read on to find out everything we know about this already much awaited series.
Who is Behind it?
The creation of the prequel spin-off can be credited to Jane Goldman and George R.R. Martin himself, who is currently in the process of writing his sixth book in his ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series, titled ‘The Winds of Winter’. The duo will also serve as executive producers for the show, with Martin being increasingly appreciative of the talent that Goldman is. Jane Goldman is credited with the screenplays of popular films ‘X-Men: First Class’ and ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’, along with serving as co-producer and writer for several big budget Hollywood productions. The current showrunners of ‘Game of Thrones’ have chosen to stay aloof from the spin-off show for now, not returning to any role in the new series as of now, instead choosing to focus on the final season.
Other executive producers include James Farrell, Jim Danger Gray, Daniel Zelman, Chris Symes, and Vince Gerardis, who is also currently co-executive producing ‘Game of Thrones’. SJ Clarkson (‘The Defenders’, ‘Orange is the New Black’, ‘Jessica Jones’, ‘Life on Mars’) has been hired to direct the pilot episode.
Game of Thrones Prequel Plot: What is Bloodmoon about?
The major source for all the synopses floating around the internet currently is an Entertainment Weekly interview with George R.R. Martin wherein he spilled details about the possible plot of the prequel spin-off. He (GRRM) described it as, “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.” What we do know for sure is an estimated time period when this story will be set: 5000-8000 years before the current predicament of Westeros and Essos that we see in ‘Game of Thrones’ today.