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The Game of Thrones Prequel Will Have Starks and Direwolves

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Lora Ball | 10 July, 2019, 15:59

The biggest revelation is that the Stark family, a driving force behind HBO's flagship "Game of Thrones" series, will be featured in some capacity in the prequel story. A prequel series is now in the works, and franchise creator George R.R. Martin shares we will see a return of everyone's favorite house.

Some things will have a ring of familiarity for fans of the original series, Martin said: "The Starks will definitely be there".

"Obviously the White Walkers are here-or as they're called in my books, The Others-and that will be an aspect of it", he said. "There are things like direwolves and mammoths", he tells the publication.

Game of Thrones has ended, and it's time for the prequels to shine.

The serial, which is now being filmed in Northern Ireland, takes places thousands of years before the events in Game of Thrones and "chronicles the world's descent from the golden age of heroes into its darkest hour", according to HBO.

According to Martin, Westeros will consist of about a hundred Kingdoms, as opposed to the simple Seven Kingdoms of Westeros fans know from Game of Thrones.

Like Game of Thrones, the prequel will have a large ensemble cast.

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George RR Martin revealed that there will be no Lannisters at first in the show.

Additionally, while the Starks will appear, the Lannister family doesn't yet exist in this particular point in time. "The Lannisters aren't there yet, but Casterly Rock is certainly there".

Those that read the Song of Ice and Fire saga will know that House Casterly originally ruled the gold-rich Westerlands from their mighty seat of Casterly Rock.

"For Game of Thrones, we never even nominated anybody for lead actress or lead actor until recently". Naomi Watts, Miranda Richardson, Naromi Ackie and Denise Gough are among the ensemble cast announced by HBO. While nothing is set in stone, Martin is lobbying for The Long Night. Martin added that the new series would be a true ensemble, not focused on one lead but a diverse group of fascinating characters.

Finally, Martin also spoke about the show's possible title. He also says we can expect "a large ensemble cast" rather than central leads - though that seems unusual with Naomi Watts involved - and hinted that he'd like the show to be called "The Longest Night", as "that would be pretty good".

While Martin has many projects in the works, including the prequel pilot, he notes he's now only writing one thing: The sixth Ice and Fire novel The Winds of Winter. For the author, both titles would be pretty good contenders.

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