THE last ever episode of our beloved Game of Thrones hit screens on May 19, leaving an empty Westeros-shaped hole in the hearts of its loyal fans.
While the world is still missing the likes of Jon Snow and Arya Stark, there is a prequel in the works that could provide a whole new batch of character to love. Here’s everything we know so far about HBO’s project, Bloodmoon.
Bloodmoon is the working title for the new Game of Thrones prequel[/caption]
What is the Game Of Thrones prequel about?
Unfortunately, the new series will not feature the Game of Thrones characters we already know and love today as it’s set more than 5,000 years before the likes of Ned Stark or Robert Baratheon were even born.
According to HBO’s official synopsis, the new series will tell the story of “the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour.”
It will centre around the Children of the Forest and how they created the monster we now know as the Night King.
A teaser for the series said it would reveal the “horrifying secrets of Westeros’s history to the true origin of the White Walkers”.
What is the Age of Heroes?
The Age of Heroes is the name given to the period in time which saw the First Men and the Children of the Forest come together to agree on a peace pact.
This happened around 10,000 years before the first Game of Thrones episode is set.
It ended around 7,000 years later with the the Coming of the Andals.
The exact time the Age of Heroes ended isn’t clear as different sources in Westeros given different accounts.
Annoyingly, this means fans don’t know for sure just yet when the Game of Thrones prequel is set – the only details show bosses have confirmed for sure is that it’s the Age of Heroes era.
Naomi Watts is one of the big names starring in the show[/caption]
When is Bloodmoon set to air?
HBO Executives have confirmed the spin off won’t be broadcast in 2019 so it is expected to air sometime in 2020.
A source to The Sun: “Thrones fans will be delighted to hear things have started with the prequel. 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.”
The big-budget spin-off is being run by writer and producer Jane Goldman, wife of Jonathan Ross.
Who is in the Bloodmoon cast?
Game Of Thrones author George RR Martin, who confirmed last month that none of the characters or actors from this series will be appearing in the prequel since it is set so many years before.
Josh Whitehouse and Naomi Watts were the first two names attached to the forthcoming project.
Naomi will join a handful of “very strong female characters” who will star in the forthcoming series, according to HBO’s President of Programming, Casey Bloys.
Other cast members include Denise Gough, Jamie Campbell Bower, Naomi Ackie, Ivanno Jeremiah, Sheila Atim, Toby Regbo, Alex Sharp, and Toby Regbo, most known for his role in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
Creator George tweeted: “Casting is now underway for The Long Night, the first of the Game of Thrones successor series to ordered to film.
“HBO has just announced the first cast member: Naomi Watts is coming on board as one of our stars… I could not be more excited. Welcome to Westeros, Naomi.”
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Is there a Bloodmoon trailer?
No, we haven’t seen any promotional images or trailer for the prequel just yet.
But filming began in Belfast at the start of May so we are sure to see teasers soon enough.
Details regarding the storyline are being kept under wraps, but what has been confirmed is that the prequel is based during the Age of Heroes, when winter reigned supreme.