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HBO is clearly wasting no time with this GoT prequel as the Belfast Telegraph reports that the highly-anticipated Game Of Thrones prequel will begin filming in Belfast this fall.
While not much is known about the new prequel show, series creator George R.R. Martin did confirm that the show will have an entirely different cast and its title could be “The Long Night.”
HBO says that show will take place thousands of years before the current Game of Thrones timeline, during the fall of the Age of Heroes, and will explore the history of origins of the Starks family and the White Walkers.
via Belfast Telegraph:
A Paint Hall source welcomed the developments. “This is fantastic news for everyone at the studio – from the cast and the crew, right down to the riggers and the catering staff,” they told Sunday Life.
Game of Thrones creator George RR Martin confirmed the prequel would have a different cast and has a working title of The Long Night. However, the acclaimed author believes the series name will change because producers HBO “will want to work the phrase ‘Game of Thrones’ in there somewhere”.
The original saga, filmed in Northern Ireland since 2010, has brought in millions of pounds to the local economy. The Paint Hall was used as its main studio, while other locations that featured prominently included the famous Dark Hedges near Ballycastle, Ballintoy Harbour on the north Antrim coast, Shillanavogy Valley, near Slemish in Co Antrim, and more.
The areas are now tourist hotspots, with devotees of Game of Thrones flocking to see them in record numbers from around the world.
Game Of Thrones eighth and final season is expected to premiere sometime during Spring 2019. The season will consist of six episodes and will bring the most successful television show of all-time to a close.