Martin confirms that in the prequel we'll see early generations of families we know, including the Starks, who will "definitely be there". "Obviously the White Walkers are here - or as they're called in my books, The Others - and that will be an aspect of it...there are things like direwolves and mammoths".
The serial, which is now being filmed in Northern Ireland, takes places thousands of years before the events in Game of Thrones and "chronicles the world's descent from the golden age of heroes into its darkest hour", according to HBO. Firstly, unlike Game of Thrones, where it was the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, in the prequel, Westeros is divided into 100 kingdoms, roughly. Or at least is only as bad as the original Game of Thrones pilot, which threatened to derail the show entirely before it began, but was mercifully deemed promising enough to persevere with. That famous house will not be featuring in the show, and neither will the Starks' major adversaries, the Lannisters. Martin explains that the series takes place before the rise of the Lannister family. That means that House Casterly - aka the family that originally inhabited Casterly Rock, which eventually became the Lannister homestead - is still in its original digs, Marti said.
Interestingly, although there will be Starks, he said there will be no Lannisters. There will also be Casterly Rock, occupied by the Casterlys. While The Long Night remains Martin's preferred title, there is another similar possibility being considered.
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"For 'Game of Thrones, ' we never even nominated anybody for lead actress or lead actor until recently".
Led by Naomi Watts, the show will also star Josh Whitehouse, Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Miranda Richardson, Sheila Atim, Ivanno Jeremiah, Georgie Henley, Alex Sharp, and Toby Regbo. He continued, "I think that will be true for this show too. We don't have leads so much as a large ensemble cast".
"I heard a suggestion that it could be called The Longest Night, which is a variant I wouldn't mind", Martin told Entertainment Weekly. "That would be pretty good".
While we wait for the prequel series, Martin also notes he is still hard at work on the next novel in the Fire and Ice series, The Winds of Winter.