'Game of Thrones' prequel gets pilot order at HBO

Vladimir Furdik

It will chronicle "the world's descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour", and look at the secrets of the history of the warring families in the fictional kingdom of Westeros. The true origin of the White Walkers, the legendary Starks and the mysteries of the East will be explored in ways even longtime GOT fans can not predict.

The announcement of the spinoff came Friday afternoon from a confident HBO that revealed that the series is based on a story created by Martin and Goldman, and which Goldman will oversee as executive producer and potential showrunner, assuming the pilot is picked up to series.

The pilot order is not yet a full series pickup, but it does give us our first strong indication that HBO is truly moving forward with expanding the world of Westeros on television.

Regardless of the next steps, we'll have to be patient.

As previously reported, several ideas for possible "Game of Thrones" related projects had been in development.

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We may be saying goodbye to Jon Snow at the end of 2019, but we'll (probably) always have Westeros!

None of the current main cast will be involved, according to George. The others are being shepherded by Carly Wray ("Mad Men"), Brian Helgeland ("Mystic River") and Max Borenstein ("Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island"), and "Game of Thrones" co-executive producer Bryan Cogman.

HBO has greenlit a pilot for the highly-anticipated Game of Thrones prequel series. "There's no revival, reboot, spinoff talk", HBO programming president Casey Bloys told the Hollywood Reporter earlier this year. It's a formative period in the history of Martin's world, and given how important the White Walkers are to Game of Thrones' final seasons in particular, it could make the ideal prequel follow-up.

Other HBO drama pilot also includes Damon Lindeloff's Watchmen, Zandaya's Euphoria, and J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele's Lovecraft Country.

JJ British screenwriter Goldman has done six features with director Matthew Vaughn, her 2007 debut Stardust, followed by Kick Ass, X-Men: First Class and the the Kingsman franchise.