If you're still super upset that Game of Thrones is over, there's some good news: You don't actually have to leave Westeros just yet. HBO has been teasing us with spin-off news since 2016, but we’ve finally received something solid. Last spring, it was announced that a prequel pilot was in the works, and now the details are beginning to trickle in. Here's everything you need to know about what's coming next.
There's no title...yet.
Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin referred to the spin-off as The Long Night, but that has not been confirmed as an official title. He's mentioned that he'd like that to be the name on his blog, but in a conversation with Entertainment Weekly, he said that it's definitely untitled. He also said that he'd be down for calling it The Longest Night. What an incredibly creative compromise! (Also, that was the name of an episode in the final season of GoT, so...he's really hangin' onto this title.)
It's set way before Game of Thrones.
HBO made a statement last June that said the prequel will take place "thousands of years before" GoT. So no, you won't be seeing a little baby Jon Snow bopping around. It will focus more on the history of Westeros.
"The series chronicles the world's descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour," the statement says. "And only one thing is for sure: From the horrifying secrets of Westeros' 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."
There are going to be hundreds of kingdoms.
GRRM said so himself! "We talk about the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros; there were Seven Kingdoms at the time of Aegon's Conquest. But if you go back further, then there are nine kingdoms, and 12 kingdoms, and eventually you get back to where there are 100 kingdoms—petty kingdoms—and that's the era we're talking about here," he told Entertainment Weekly. LOL, if you thought GoT was confusing, you're truly going to need to hire a tutor to get through this one.
Oh, and just to clear things up: "Petty" does not mean "messy" here, unfortunately. A petty kingdom is just a li'l bb kingdom. I am sure there will still be pettiness though.
Everyone's fave family will be around.
According to GRRM, "the Starks will definitely be there." This is basically the best news ever, no? He also said the Lannisters won't be there just yet.
The confirmed cast members are kind of amazing.
According to HBO, Naomi Watts "headlines as a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret," so count me in. The series will also feature a bunch of faces you recognize from your other favorite fantasy things, like Miranda Richardson (remember Rita Skeeter from Harry Potter?), Jamie Campbell Bower (Sweeney Todd and Fantastic Beasts), Georgie Henley (The Chronicles of Narnia), and Toby Regbo (The Last Kingdom and Fantastic Beasts).