In a case of “What is dead may never die”, HBO has apparently already started filming its first Game of Thrones prequel series.
After David Benioff and D.B. Weiss finally put down their swords and shields in Westeros and hand over the reins to someone else, Kingsman‘s Jane Goldman is looking at a completely different period of history.
According to The Sun, work is currently underway on Bloodmoon. Set 5,500 years before the events of Game of Thrones, Bloodmoon will chart the events of the Children of the Forest and presumably see the emergence of the White Walkers.
The site reports: “Those working on the set in Belfast are referring to the series as Bloodmoon. Producers have put together a stellar cast and it will be must-watch telly for anyone who loves Game of Thrones.”
With Game of Thrones known for doing the bulk of its filming in Belfast, it’s no surprise the network is returning there for Bloodmoon.
It turns out that Bloodmoon is the new name for the tentatively titled The Long Night. Featuring the likes of Oscsar-nominee Naomi Watts, the series also stars Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth), Denise Gough (Monday), Sheila Atim (Harlots), Ivanno Jeremiah (Humans), Georgie Henley (Disney’s Narnia movies), Jamie Campbell Bower (young Grindelwald in Harry Potter/Fantastic Beasts), Shelia Atim, Tony Regbo (young Dumbledore in Harry Potter/Fantastic Beasts), Ivanno Jeremiah (Doctor Who) and Alex Sharp.
As for the cast, Watts was already enough of a household name to grab headlines when she was announced last year. If some of the latest names aren’t ringing a bell, that’s because HBO apparently wants to focus on a diverse cast of unknown names.
Sadly, Legendary Game of Thrones producer and writer Bryan Cogman confirms his prequel series has already been canned. Speaking to Variety, Cogman explained: “This is it for me in terms of Westeros. It’s been a beautifully cathartic thing re-watching the series recently, it’s been ten years of my life.”
This means Season 8’s “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” is Cogman’s last rodeo with that wintery world. The episode saw Jon Snow reveal his secret heritage to Dany, Arya Stark get her leg over, and Brienne of Tarth get her knighthood. Cogman gushed that he “couldn’t think of a more beautiful episode to go out on.”
Unsurprisingly, Bloodmoon will focus on the “horrifying secrets of Westeros’s history to the true origin of the White Walkers”, giving those who love George R.R. Martin’s wintery world plenty to tune in for. As for Game of Thrones, the fantasy epic comes to a close next week when the Season 8 finale is sure to blow us all away.
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