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Game of Thrones may be coming to an end, but author George R. R. Martin has more in store for fans, including an HBO prequel, currently titled The Long Night. In speaking with Entertainment Weekly about his new book, Fire and Blood, Martin recently revealed that The Long Night is set 5,000 years before Game of Thrones.

“It’s closer to 5,000 years,” said Martin, responding to previous rumors of the setting being 10,000 years prior. “But you’re right. 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. We’re dealing with a different and older world and hopefully that will be part of the fun of the series.”

So in addition to no Targaryens, Martin and HBO’s GoT prequel may not include dragons either. Per, dragons surfaced after The Long Night, with House Targaryen coming into the picture even further down the line.

It’s also worthy of note that dragons almost didn’t even make it into Game of Thrones.

“I did consider in the very early stages not having the dragons in there,” Martin previously noted. “I wanted the Targaryen’s symbol to be the dragons, but I did play with the notion that maybe it was like a psionic power, that it was pyrokinesis — that they could conjure up flames with their minds. I went back and forth. My friend and fellow fantasy writer Phyllis Eisenstein actually was the one who convinced me to put the dragons in, and I dedicated the third book to her. And I think it was the right call.”

Nonetheless, the much-anticipated Game of Thrones prequel, The Long Night, is expected to star Naomi Watts, with filming beginning soon. Be sure to check back with us for more surrounding the HBO series. In the meantime, however, visit Entertainment Weekly for their original report on show details, as well as Martin’s Fire and Blood.

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