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The much-anticipated prequel to Game of Thrones has zeroed in on a storyline, and it's taking us back to the basics. HBO has ordered a pilot episode of the fantasy drama which will unfold thousands of years before GoT began.
In 2016, Martin admitted to having written thousands of pages of material, about the history of everything that has led to the events of Game of Thrones, and also claimed to be writing more. HBO's programming president Casey Bloys also agreed that it would be stupid if a prequel isn't pursued.
GoT is coming to an end after its eighth and final season in 2019, and the prequel is scheduled to release by 2020.
There are at least four other prequel ideas that are also being developed right now, but none of them have got the green light. HBO has released an official synopsis of the approved prequel.
HBO has confirmed that the new series "chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour". "Only one thing is for sure: From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’s history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend… it’s not the story we think we know," read a statement from HBO.
The series is being created by British screenwriter and producer Jane Goldman of Kingsman, X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass fame and of course, GoT creator George RR Martin, whose A Song of Ice and Fire is the basis for GoT-verse.
The Age of Heroes is the most significant epoch in GoT history, which saw First Men and the Children of the Forest reaching peace. The origin story also features the history of the Long Night, which was a long winter which came eight thousand years prior to the Targaryen conquest and during which the White Walkers came to Westeros from the North.
The Age of Heroes has been named after the great men who were said to have lived during this time, including Bran the Builder and Lann the Clever, whose descendants founded House Stark and House Lannister respectively.
GoT's companion book The World of Ice and Fire, written by Martin, tells us that Westeros used to be a land where "Men cohabited with mystical creatures, like giants and the magical children of the forest." But the arrival of the White Walkers unleashed a reign of havoc upon all inhabitants of Westeros.