HBO's hotly anticipated prequel to "Game of Thrones", which will star Naomi Watts in an unknown role, is shrouded in mystery. While fans of Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire book series were excited to see the close companionship between direwolves and the Starks in HBO's TV adaptation, the show never really got it right.
In that same interview, Martin also revealed that the Starks, direwolves, and the White Walkers (or the Others, as they're known in the books) will be in prequel, but not the Lannisters. He said, "There are things like direwolves and mammoths".
Game of Thrones has ended, and it's time for the prequels to shine.
In terms of the official synopsis, here's what the show will involve: "Taking place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, the series chronicles the world's descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour". Firstly, unlike Game of Thrones, where it was the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, in the prequel, Westeros is divided into 100 kingdoms, roughly. Six by the end of Game of Thrones, thanks to the North heading out on its own.
Ultimately, this treacherous and cunning man created House Lannister and it appears that this slow rise to power will be documented in the new show. The Casterlys were supposedly swindled from their homestead by Lann the Clever - who founded House Lannister - though it's unclear if this tale will be told in the prequel.
"The Lannisters aren't there yet, but Castlery Rock is certainly there; it's like the Rock of Gibraltar", Martin said. There will also be Casterly Rock, occupied by the Casterlys.
Of the leaders within this veritable wild west version of Westeros, Martin went on to confirm that there will, in fact, be Starks amongst them. Martin prefers this title but said he is also alright with the title The Longest Night. I think that will be true for this show too. It's a larger ensemble cast with no leads. Apparently, the working title, Bloodmoon, might not be the final name, as Martin revealed that officially, the show is still untitled. Martin also confirmed that, in spite of previous beliefs, the now in-production series will not focus entirely on three main leads (the already-cast Naomi Watts, Denise Gough, and Naomi Ackie), and will instead take a more ensemble approach with its characters to start. Speaking about the title, Martin says that he would not mind naming it The Longest Night, a variant of his original title. "That would be pretty good".