When Will Game of Thrones Return?
If you are a true Game of Thrones fan, you must feel at least some sort of emptiness knowing that your beloved show is over. Fear not, Game of Thrones will return, but most likely under a different name because season nine of GoT is very unlikely to happen.
The eight-season journey was wrapped to the discontent of most fans. To say that the final season was disappointing would be an understatement. It was mediocre at best, nothing like the previous seven seasons.
Don’t worry, the new GoT series, dubbed “The Long Night” is around the corner, and it is a prequel story.
What Is Long Night?
To clear things up, The Long Night is the name of the new GoT prequel show. It shares the name of episode three of the final season and is an important chapter in the history of Westeros.
This chapter took place thousands of year before the action in Game of Thrones took place. The cast and the characters are going to be entirely different. It is very unlikely that there will be even mentions of GoT characters because this show will be set thousands of years before they were born.
The Long Night is going to be very dark and eerie because it depicts the descent from an age of prosperity into an age of darkness in the GoT universe. We will finally get to learn about the origins of Starks, White Walkers, and maybe even the Night King.
This was one of the biggest letdowns of the final season of Game of Thrones and, hopefully, we will see a redemption act on the part of HBO.
When Will Game of Thrones Return?
This is the burning question of all the fans but, unfortunately, there is no telling when the new GoT chapter is going to air. HBO’s Casey Bloys already confirmed that the shooting is done. He commended the cast and said there is plenty of work for the editors.
He also confirmed that the show won’t air in 2019. It needs to be at least a year apart from the Game of Thrones 2019 finale. This is just a guess, but we probably won’t see the new show until the summer of 2020.
Hopefully, we are wrong and it comes in the spring. Bloys also denied any chance of a sequel to the story of Game of Thrones. HBO wants GoT to be a story of its own, and they think it shouldn’t be spoiled with any further developments.
Is George R.R. Martin on Board?
Another burning question from the fans is whether or not George Martin himself will write the script for the new show. Great news everyone, the answer is yes. Martin will collaborate with the producer and screenwriter Jane Goldman known for the movies Kingsman, Kick-Ass, and X-Men: First Class.
From her comments, we could assume that there could be gore and horror in this series, mixed in with some dark humor. Martin is pleased with the development of the Game of Thrones successors. Yes, you read it right. It’s not just one show.
There should be five shows depicting events prior to or after Game of Thrones. At the time, only the Long Night (maybe the name of the show changes) has the green light from HBO. Other shows haven’t been confirmed as of yet.
What Can You Expect from the Long Night?
As mentioned earlier, the Long Night is an important and grim chapter in the history of the world of Ice and Fire. It is an epic story of the White Walkers’ first invasion of Westeros. An event called the War for the Dawn was the main confrontation of Children of the Forest with the White Walkers.
The First Men helped the Children of the Forest defeat the Walkers and banish them to the very north of the continent. Then the alliance built The Wall to keep the White Walkers at bay. This is a very interesting part of the history of Westeros because we might finally learn about the origins of Starks, The Wall, and the Night’s Watch.
Martin said there will be no King’s Landing, Iron Throne, or dragons in this show. However, there will be mythical creatures like mammoths and dire wolves. The Lannisters won’t be a part of the show, either. Instead of the Seven Kingdoms, there will be many smaller kingdoms across Westeros.
There is also great news about the cast of the GoT prequel. The lead female role was entrusted to Naomi Watts, known for her roles in Mullholland Drive, King Kong, and Birdman. She is very excited for the role, and will probably be a great fit to the universe.
Other cast members include Josh Whitehouse of Poldark fame, Naomi Ackie who starred in Star Wars: Episode Nine, and many others. The list includes Alex Sharp, Sheila Atim, Jamie Campbell Bower, Denise Gough, Ivanno Jeremiah, Toby Regbo, and Georgie Henley.
HBO confirmed that there will be no returning cast members from Game of Thrones. Even the GoT stars Emilia Clarke and Kit Harrington said they wouldn’t act in any spin-offs because their characters’ story arcs have ended.
Is Game of Thrones Over?
The Game of Thrones timeline is a story of its own, and it will not be influenced by the upcoming prequels and spin-offs. The cast of GoT was fantastic, the writing was amazing (except maybe for the last season), and the CGI was probably the best in television history.
HBO has quite a big budget for the new spin-offs, the new cast seems promising, and the first prequel is surely going to be great. We just have to stay patient and wait for it. The wait for Long Night will likely be long, but until then we can binge the original eight seasons of GoT.
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