'Game of Thrones' prequel: George R.R. Martin spills details

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Those are two tidbits that George R.R. Martin shared with Entertainment Weekly during a new interview about the as-yet-untitled series. The pack survives. This should be obvious given the time period (the Starks were descended from the First Men), but in case there was any doubt Martin confirms the fan-favorite family is around. In the lore, he was the one who helped put up the wall with the help of giants and magic. "There are things like direwolves and mammoths".

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While this prequel is kind of an obvious cash grab for HBO, I'm still hoping that they find a great story underneath it all. As we had reported, a prequel to the show, set roughly 5000 years prior, has entered the pilot production stage. He also said that "The Longest Night" is a name he wouldn't mind.

As for the title, Martin proposed "The Long Night", although an episode in "Game of Thrones" has this title already.

Last of all, Martin put a shadow of doubt over the name we have all been using for the show.

While some fans may be happy to dig deeper into the Stark family's story, Martin confirmed at least one notable family hasn't yet risen to power in the prequel's Westeros.

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Finally, George also confessed that the GOT prequel is officially untitled.

In both Martin's books and the original series, the expansive land of Westeros was divided up into Seven Kingdoms, who are each (in theory) ruled by whoever sits on the Iron Throne in King's Landing. "We talk about the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros; there were Seven Kingdoms at the time of Aegon's Conquest", Martin says.

Martin assured that the Starks will be present by then, but not the Lannister family.

It turns out that the reason for this confusion is very innocent because the third episode of Game of Thrones Season 8 is also titled 'The Long Night'.

"For 'Game of Thrones, ' we never even nominated anybody for lead actress or lead actor until recently". Six by the end of Game of Thrones, thanks to the North heading out on its own. He also says we can expect "a large ensemble cast" rather than central leads - though that seems odd with Naomi Watts involved - and hinted that he'd like the show to be called "The Longest Night", as "that would be pretty good".

'I think that will be true for this show too. "That would be pretty good". We don't have leads so much as a large ensemble cast, ' he added.

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