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George R. R. Martin Dished On The Upcoming 'Game Of Thrones' Prequel

The author took time out of not publishing his latest book to reveal five facts about the currently unnamed prequel to 'Game of Thrones'.

Speaking to 'Entertainment Weekly', Martin -- who is not just the author of the 'Thrones' novels but has also served as executive producer -- gave us a bit more insight as to what we can expect from the prequel.

While the show is currently filming, not much is known about what we're going to refer to as 'Prequel of Thrones', other than it takes place roughly 5,000 years before the events of 'Game of Thrones'.

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Here's what else Martin dished on:

Instead of the Seven Kingdoms of the Westeros that we know and love, Martin said that in the prequel there's more like 100 of them. That's... a lot of kingdoms. Referring to them as "petty kingdoms", Martin said the series would focus on a massively divided Westeros, long before Aegon's Conquest.

Martin also said there would be some familiar names and beasts roaming around.

"The Starks will definitely be there," Martin confirmed, adding, "Obviously the White Walkers... and that will be an aspect of it... there are things like direwolves and mammoths".

While the Starks are back, another favourite family is probably not going to feature -- at least initially. "The Lannisters aren't there yet," Martin said, but their home Castlery Rock is there, just filled with Casterlys.

Casterly Rock
Photo: HBO.

While the casting announcements have centred around the likes of Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough and the huge news that Naomi Watts would be taking a role, Martin was also clear that this wasn't a series that would be 'led' by any particular characters.

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"As you know for 'Game of Thrones' we never even nominated anybody for lead actress or lead actor [during awards season] until recently; it was always for supporting [categories] because the show is such an ensemble.

"I think that will be true for this show too," he continued, "We don’t have leads so much as a large ensemble cast."

The final nugget of info Martin gave was a potential title. He's been a longtime fan of 'The Long Night' as a potential title for the prequel series, but unfortunately, that got used up as the episode title for one the third episode of Season 8. Martin believed a potential alternate 'The Longest Night' could be in the works.

There have also been rumours that the series could also be called 'Blood Moon', with leaked production sheets featuring the title art being grabbed by fansites.

So there you go, that's as much info as we have on the upcoming pilot, and still no word on if Martin is going to ever finish 'The Winds of Winter'.

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