HBO Just Ordered A Pilot For A ‘Game Of Thrones’ Prequel

They're not done with Westeros yet.

There might only be one season of Game of Thrones left to go, but you’re kidding yourself if you think HBO is done bleeding this cash cow. The cable network has been considering a number of potential spinoffs, and today confirmed that a pilot is in the works for a prequel series set thousands of years before Ned Stark made his ill-fated trip to King’s Landing.

The pilot will be written by Thrones mastermind George R.R. Martin as well  as Kingsman: The Secret Service screenwriter Jane Goldman. According to a brief description from HBO, the potential series will explore “the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: 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.”

According to the Google search I just did, the Age of Heroes refers to a period in Westeros after the First Men signed a peace pact with the Children of the Forest, who you may remember as those creepy high-talking guys Bran was living with under that tree. The two groups later teamed up in a war against the white walkers, which ended when an ancestor of the Stark family, who was also named Bran, built The Wall to keep them out.

Assuming the pilot gets picked up, the new series won’t air until 2020 at the earliest. Meanwhile, the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones is expected to drop some time in 2019.

Still no word on whether HBO is considering my idea for a sitcom about Brienne and Pod living above a bakery run by Hot Pie, but I remain cautiously optimistic.

h/t The Wrap