Game of Thrones prequel sequence with Naomi Watts not taking place

And simply as mysteriously because it arrived, it left…The Hollywood Reporter brings us information of the Game of Thrones prequel sequence HBO filmed a pilot for this previous summer time. The present, which was to be set hundreds of years earlier than the unique sequence throughout the Age of Heroes, would have starred the likes of Naomi Watts and Miranda Richardson, plus a gaggle of different actors. But it’s not to be. HBO won’t be ordering the pilot to sequence.

Why did HBO resolve to not choose up the present? We in all probability gained’t know for some time, if ever, however folks had been beginning to fear a few month again, when it broke that HBO was near ordering a pilot for a unique Game of Thrones prequel present, this one primarily based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, a historical past of the Targaryen dynasty in Westeros. Were we actually going to stay in a world the place HBO had two completely different Game of Thrones reveals?

Maybe HBO executives didn’t just like the pilot showrunner Jane Goldman put collectively. Maybe the vagaries of the TV enterprise received in the best way; as Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss reminded us throughout a current panel dialogue, small particulars could make the distinction between a present that goes or one which dies. From the start, it was by no means a positive factor {that a} prequel would get off the bottom, with exec Casey Bloys saying that the thought was to “take a couple of shots and see,” and hope that “at least one lives up to the level of quality” of the unique present.

I’m of two minds about this. From the start, the Age of Heroes present all the time struck me as a curious selection for a prequel. It was purportedly going to inform the story of the Long Night, concerning the first time White Walkers invaded Westeros, the occasion that precipitated the constructing of the Wall. “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,” learn the logline. So we might additionally get a forged unfold out over the world of ice and hearth, with the specter of the White Walkers looming over all. Doesn’t that sound slightly…acquainted?

On the opposite hand, the prospect of a Westeros that had only a few ties to the one we’d come to know was thrilling. A prequel primarily based on Fire & Blood, whereas thrilling, would come with lots of issues we’re already conversant in, together with dragons, Targaryens and the Iron Throne.

And simply to reiterate: there’s no assure that HBO goes to choose up that present, both, or the final one George R.R. Martin has mentioned is into consideration. Is HBO rethinking a return journey to Westeros all collectively, or simply reevaluating its choices? Time will inform.

So farewell, Blood Moon, or The Long Night, or no matter you had been going to be known as. We by no means knew ye.

Next: Naomi Watts in full costume from the set of Blood Moon revealed!

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