Understandably, given that it is set millennia before the events of Game of Thrones, the upcoming HBO prequel series will introduce viewers to a familiar, yet very different version of Westeros. Now, George R.R. Martin has lifted the lid on just a few of those differences.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the A Song of Ice and Fire author had a few interesting tidbits to reveal about the still-untitled prequel seriesâ€”although Martin himself has taken to calling it The Long Night, a title that may be changed thanks to the season eight Thrones episode of the same nameâ€”coming from Jane Goldman.
Set during what is known as the â€œBut of course! Mammoths? Sure, why not!
Meanwhile, in things that are familiar but different, remember the seven kingdoms people fought over in Game of Thrones? Well, in the time of the prequel, Westeros is divided into 100 kingdoms, as the great houses we know from the show have yet to truly form in most cases, leading to the men of this time vying for control of different territories across the continent.
Despite all those kingdoms, however, there will be some familiar names among them. Up north, as direct descendants of the First Men who inhabited Westeros alongside the Children of the Forest, thereâ€™ll still be Starks, according to Martin. But down on Casterly Rock, there wonâ€™t be any Lannistersâ€”itâ€™ll still be the Casterlys, the family the rock was named after, and that Lann the Clever infamously bamboozled to swipe the region from under them for his own House.
All this is pretty minor information in the grand scheme of things. After all, the series is still a ways off, so these little morsels of worldbuilding are likely all weâ€™re going to hear about for a while. But theyâ€™re already painting a picture for an HBO that doesnâ€™t want you to cancel that subscription just yet; just like winter, more Game of Thrones is coming. Itâ€™ll still look mostly Game of Thrones-y…just a little different. Please be excited and forget that foofaraw about the ending! Please.
Weâ€™ll bring you more on the untitled Game of Thrones prequel as and when we learn it.