Sad news for Game of Thrones fans.

TheHollywoodReporter has revealed that HBO won’t be moving forward with the first Game of Thrones prequel/spinoff series The Long Night/Bloodmoon to go to pilot. It would have focused on the Starks, Age of Heroes, and the first battle between the man/white walkers.

Said to focus on the “Age of Heroes” and the first-ever battle between man and White Walker, Goldman’s prequel — which had filmed a pilot over the summer — will not be advancing to series, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. According to sources, Goldman e-mailed the cast to share the news. HBO, as it typically does on projects in development, declined comment.

Written by Jane Goldman (Kingsman, Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class) and directed by S.J. Clarkson (Jessica Jones, The Defenders) the pilot shot over the summer in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Italy.

Only one thing is for sure: From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ 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.

It would have been led by Australian actress Naomi Watts.

Instead, HBO will now pivot to the second pilot they’re developing that will focus on the House Targaryen kings, known as the last Dragonriders.

We’ll keep you posted on the development and casting of that second pilot.

Game of Thrones creator/author/producer George R.R. Martin has been teasing that there are multiple new pilots in development beyond these two.


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