George RR Martin has shared some scant details of the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel, The Long Night, saying its timeline will be 5000 years before the current series, and it will not involve Targaryens.
Novelist George RR Martin, the original mind behind the GOT books, was addressing the development of the book he has launched, Fire and Blood, in a sit-down with EW. In the interview, he highlighted that the setting of the upcoming HBO project, The Long Night, is closer to 5000 years before the events of GOT.
“’10,000 years’ is mentioned in the novels, but you also have places where maesters say, ‘No, no, it wasn’t 10,000, it was 5,000.’ Again, I’m trying to reflect real-life things that a lot of high fantasy doesn’t reflect.”
He compared the Game of Thrones prequel to events in the Bible: “It has people living for hundreds of years and then people added up how long each lived and used that to figure out when events took place. Really? I don’t think so. Now we’re getting more realistic dating now from carbon dating and archeology. But Westeros doesn’t have that. They’re still in the stage of ‘my grandfather told me, and his grandfather told him. So, I think it’s closer to 5,000 years.”
George RR Martin also stated, “There’s no King’s Landing. There’s no Iron Throne. There are no Targaryen’s — 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.”
Martin, who is working with The Long Night showrunner Jane Goldman and HBO, has mentioned several times now that the prequel would have a much different Westeros than the one we are familiar with – but besides some casting news, we know very little else.
The Long Night official premiere date has not been announced, but shooting is expected to start in 2019.