Season seven of Game of Thrones might have drawn to a close, but the show has still been hitting the headlines almost every day. Fans can’t help but speculate about what’s going to happen next, even though season eight hasn’t even begun filming yet.
However, I’m not here to tell you about another fan theory. Instead, I’m going to give you some actual solid information about a fifth prequel. The Seven Kingdoms of Westeros is a big place, and I for one want to know more about its history!
Whilst it’s common knowledge that four prequels are currently in the works, HBO has now officially announced that there is going to be a fifth. Although this was actually originally revealed by George R.R. Martin himself back in May when he said that a fifth writer had been recruited.
In reference to the then-anonymous writer, Martin said, “I don’t know anyone who knows and loves Westeros as well as he does.”
The writer Martin was talking about is Bryan Cogman. If the name sounds familiar to you, that’s because he’s been a part of the series since season one, writing a number of episodes including episode two of season seven ‘Stormborn’.
The other four writers who will be working on prequels are Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island), Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Golden Circle), Brian Helgeland (Legend), and Carly Wray (Mad Men, The Leftovers).
Here’s what we know about what these prequels might be like so far…
Martin has made a point of specifying that each of the prequels which are currently in the works will be prequels and not spinoffs. What’s more is that the cast we’ve come to know and love won’t be involved in them.
The characters Ser Duncan the Tall, Aegon the Unlikely, and Dunk and Egg will also not be featured, nor will Robert’s Rebellion. And that’s as much as we’ll ever likely know, but there’s a good reason for it…
After episodes from season seven were prematurely leaked online, the show’s producers are now going to extreme lengths to ensure that this does not happen again in future, which is completely understandable.
This is what HBO programming president Casey Bloys said according to the Morning Call.
“I know in Game of Thrones, the ending, they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that nobody really knows what happens.
You have to do that on a long show. Because when you’re shooting something, people know. So, they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that there’s no real definitive answer until the end.”
The production of the show is now so secretive, however, that even this hasn’t been officially confirmed.
“We don’t even want to tell you because if we do then somebody will figure out how to circumvent the things that we’re doing,” showrunner Dan Weiss said.
Given that it costs upwards of $10 million to produce just one episode of the show, and the fact that season eight is set to be the most costly so far, any premature leaks would be incredibly damaging.
Speaking of the newly-announced writer’s series, Martin said, “Bryan [Cogman’s] series will be an adaptation, and one that will thrill most fans of the books, I think, set during a very exciting period of Westerosi history.”
Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m glad that Game of Thrones won’t be entirely ending after season eight has aired.