Los Angeles, CA (Variety) — George R.R. Martin has some answers for the lingering questions facing viewers about what to expect from the upcoming “Game of Thrones” prequel series.
Martin, author of the “Game of Thrones” source novels, provided a few insights into Jane Goldman's prequel pilot in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
In the original series, seven kingdoms vie for the Iron Throne, but the show's successor will see a kingdom count that runs many orders higher. Martin said, “If you go back further, then there are nine kingdoms, and 12 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 show is set roughly 5,000 years before the events of “Game of Thrones” in an era known as “The Golden Age of Heroes.”
Martin revealed which of the beloved family lines will be around millennia ago and which are left out.
“The Starks will definitely be there,” he said. “The Lannisters aren’t there yet, but Casterly Rock is certainly there.”
The author also confirmed the presence of non-human denizens of Westeros including mammoths, direwolves and White Walkers — no dragons, however.
… — Dano Nissen/@Variety