HBO has just given a pilot order to Jane Goldman's Game of Thrones spinoff, one of five potential follow up shows to the acclaimed series currently in the works - and with it, we have the first story details, revealing a show set well before the Westeros we're familiar with.
The birth of the first White Walker, as seen in Game of Thrones. Image: HBO
HBO officially revealed today that Goldman's series will be set a thousand years before the events of Game of Thrones, in a period where Westeros transitions from an era of fantastical prosperity known as the "Age of Heroes" into something more akin to the world we know of in the show - heralded by the the arrival of the horrifying White Walkers, and the Long Night they cast over the land.
Here's the brief plot description, courtesy of Variety:
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.
The story we think we know has already been told by Martin in the pages of his fascinating lore book, The World of Ice and Fire, which chronicled how Westeros used to be a land where Men cohabited with mystical creatures, such as giants and the magical children of the forest, before the arrival of the White Walkers nearly drove the inhabitants of Westeros to extinction.
But now that we're going to actually see that lore on screen, it will be interesting to see what gets changed in Goldman's adaptation.
We'll bring you more on HBO's Game of Thrones spinoff plans as we learn them.