It’s official now. HBO has ordered the Game of Thrones prequel TV series which had a pilot written by Jane Goldman. Right from the time, it premiered back in 2011, this grisly saga of power equations and political games based in the fantasy world of Westeros has gone on to become HBO’s biggest success. Since the network wants to keep the success rolling, it has been working on as many as five potential spinoff series. The pilot by Goldman featured Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island), Carly Wray (Westworld), Brian Helgeland (42), and Game of Thrones veteran Brian Cogman, who are all writers working on these potential spinoffs.
However, now HBO has given the approval to the pilot script written by Goldman. She will also be the showrunner in case it gets ordered to be a series, and executive produce it along with A Song of Ice and Fire creator George R.R. Martin. The other executive producers will be Vince Gerardis and Daniel Zelman, whereas the story will be developed by Goldman and Martin jointly.
Apart from giving a confirmation about the creatives, HBO also released the synopsis for this Game of Thrones prequel series:
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’s 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.
Let’s say that this Game of Thrones TV prequel gets ordered to series; we expect it to air on HBO as early as in 2020. Casey Bloys, the HBO president of programming, had earlier confirmed that they won’t air a Game of Thrones spinoff at least one year after the ending of the Season 8 of the original series. It has also been revealed that the Game of Thrones prequel series will be a big budget show from the outset, although not as huge to begin with, as the original Game of Thrones’ Season Seven and Eight have been.
Goldman has earlier collaborated with Matthew Vaughn on the Kick-Ass, X-Men, and Kingsman films, and has written movie adaptations of supernatural horror/thriller The Woman in Black and young adults fantasy adventure Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Her distinguished and varied resume makes Goldman an ideal choice to create a fresh version of the Game of Thrones universe, as the synopsis has suggested that the prequel series might be diving into the history of the world which wasn’t properly explored even by Martin in his novels until now. Since it predates the original Game of Thrones by thousands of years, we think that Goldman’s show might create its own identity and probably serve as a great expansion of the HBO fantasy world on TV.
Season Eight of Game of Thrones will be aired next year. Further details about the TV prequel will be shared as they emerge.