Why we should not count on any Targaryens or dragons in HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel George R.R. Martin explains why we should not count on any Targaryens in that Game of Thrones prequel


The Game of Thrones prequel sequence is not going to function one of many present’s most distinguished households, and we in all probability should not count on its most well-known creatures to point out up both.

The new prequel, tentatively titled The Long Night, in line with creator George R.R. Martin (although HBO has but to offer it an official identify), is ready hundreds of years earlier than the occasions of the present sequence, when Westeros was a a lot completely different place. King’s Landing, the Red Keep, and the Iron Throne individuals preserve combating over didn’t but exist. The Seven Kingdoms have been nonetheless simply that: seven separate kingdoms with their very own customs and rulers, not seven principalities ruled by a single monarch.

It took Aegon’s Conquest, through which the Targaryens landed on the continent and set about utilizing their dragons to take it over, to vary all of that and reshape Westeros into one thing extra like what we discovered in the beginning of Game of Thrones. That conquest was solely about 300 years earlier than the occasions of the sequence, whereas The Long Night will take us again millennia. That means, as followers of Westeros’ historical past have seemingly already surmised, no Targaryens, and no dragons, as Martin defined to Entertainment Weekly.

“Westeros is a very different place. There’s no King’s Landing. There’s no Iron Throne. There are no Targaryens — Valyria has hardly begun to rise yet with its dragons and the great empire that it built,” Martin mentioned. “We’re coping with a distinct and older world, and hopefully that will likely be a part of the enjoyable of the sequence.”

Martin’s newest guide, Fire and Blood, is a historical past of the Targaryen dynasty, and particulars how they set about reshaping Westeros following the Doom of Valyria, the jap freehold the place dragons have been first tamed by man. Valyria has achieved a sort of mythic standing in present Westeros, the place the legendary metal blades crafted there are thought-about priceless household heirlooms. Before they got here to Westeros, the Targaryens really did not have a lot energy in Valyria, however they managed to outlive the place different Valryian households didn’t, landed on Dragonstone within the west, after which realized they might wield their dragons as devices of conquest.

In the case of The Long Night, we’re going again a number of thousand years earlier than that, to a time when even Valyria was not but an influence on this planet. Exactly what number of thousand years, although, is slightly murky. That’s on goal, although, as Martin notes that in his world a lot of what individuals name “historical past” is a fancy internet of tales usually informed unreliably.

“’10,000 years’ is talked about within the novels. But you even have locations the place maesters say, ‘No, no, it wasn’t 10,000, it was 5,000.’ Again, I’m making an attempt to replicate real-life issues that loads of excessive fantasy doesn’t replicate,” Martin mentioned. “In the Bible, it has people living for hundreds of years and then people added up how long each lived and used that to figure out when events took place. Really? I don’t think so. Now we’re getting more realistic dating now from carbon dating and archeology. But Westeros doesn’t have that. They’re still in the stage of ‘my grandfather told me and his grandfather told him.’ So I think it’s closer to 5,000 years.”

The Long Night (nonetheless formally untitled), co-created by Martin and Jane Goldman, is casting now. Fire and Blood is on sale immediately. Game of Thrones returns for its ninth and last season in April.

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