HBO Scraps its “Game of Thrones” Prequel

Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke in "Game of Thrones"

It was too good to be true…

So much excitement surrounded the Game of Thrones prequel that was being developed by HBO. 

Set thousands of years before the events depicted in the Emmy Award-winning series which wrapped in May, the prospective show was being written by the creator of A Song of Ice and Fire himself, George R.R. Martin, and Jane Goldman who penned Kingsman.

According to the official description, the series planned to “chronicle the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’s history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend, only one thing is for sure: it’s not the story we think we know.”

Naomi Watts has signed on to the project, along with Miranda Richardson, Jamie Campbell Bower, Georgie Henley, Naomi Ackie, and Denise Gough. 

A pilot episode was shot in Belfast in June, but HBO has now decided to, alas, not pick up the series… 

Yet, hope remains for Westeros fans. 

The network is reportedly close to ordering a pilot for a second spin-off series that focuses on the Targaryen civil war.