While speaking with TheHollywoodReporter, creator George R.R. Martin briefly spoke about the upcoming Games of Thrones spinoff series titled The Long Night that will be directed by S.J. Clarkson (Jessica Jones) and showrun by Jane Goldman (X-Men: First Class, Kingsman, Kick-Ass). Martin reaffirmed previous plot information that the series would take place thousands of years in the past of the history of Westeros and revealed what we won’t be seeing in the series.

THR: How exciting is the prospect of the pilot that’s currently coming together? We’re seeing casting news come out. What can you share about how it’s taking shape?

MARTIN: “It hasn’t started shooting yet, but they’re getting very close to that. They have a great director and an amazing cast. I’ve been following along closely. I have my fingers crossed. It’s different. It’s definitely very different. It’s set thousands of years in the past. You’re looking at a whole different era of Westeros. No dragons, no Iron Throne, no King’s Landing. It will be interesting to see what the fans make of that.”

The new series is expected to cover the origins of the White Walkers and if Martin’s “no dragons” comment is to be believed that might rule-out Old Valyria being explored given they were the Dragonlords.

The Long Night’s cast reportedly includes Naomi Watts, Josh Whitehouse, Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Miranda Richardson, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sheila Atim, Ivanno Jeremiah, Georgie Henley, Alex Sharp, and Toby Regbo.

HBO’s final season of Game of Thrones begins airing on April 14th.


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