'Game of Thrones' prequel series: Will Starks and Lannisters Appear?

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George RR Martin has taken some time out from writing The Winds of Winter, the next book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, to discuss the forthcoming Game of Thrones prequel TV show being produced by HBO.

EW recently spoke to author and executive producer George R.R. Martin about showrunner Jane Goldman's pilot, which is now filming in Northern Ireland.

While the Starks will be there, Martin also confirmed that the other big house, the Lannisters, do not exist at the beginning of this series. "Obviously the White Walkers are here - or as they're called in my books, The Others - and that will be an aspect of it", Martin said. 'There are things like direwolves and mammoths'.

Game of Thrones has ended, and it's time for the prequels to shine. Well, in the time of the prequel, Westeros is divided into 100 kingdoms, as the great houses we know from the show have yet to truly form in most cases, leading to the men of this time vying for control of different territories across the continent. EW.com notes that this doesn't preclude the later introduction of mythic character "Lann the Clever", who conned the House Casterly out of their home and founded House Lannister, but just know, there won't be Starks vs. Lannisters in this version of Westeros. "But if you go back further then there are nine kingdoms, and twelve kingdoms, and eventually you get back to where there are a hundred kingdoms - petty kingdoms - and that's the era we're talking about here".

'The Starks will definitely be there, ' Martin said, while adding that the family's iconic pets, the direwolves, will also be part of the story. The GOT prequel is being headlined by Naomi Watts, Naomi Ackie, and Denise Gough but the author reiterates that the show, like Game of Thrones, is more of an ensemble story.

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The prequel remains without an official title for now.

'I think that will be true for this show too.

As for the title, Martin has been outspoken about wanting to call the series "The Long Night". "We don't have leads so much as a large ensemble cast".

"The scale of "Game of Thrones's" success has - reaching all over the world and invading the culture to [such an extent] - it's not something anyone could ever anticipate, not something I expect to ever experience again". While nothing is set in stone, Martin is lobbying for The Long Night. For the author, both titles would be pretty good contenders.

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