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George R. R. Martin Confirms Timeframe Of Game Of Thrones Prequel Series

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Recently George R. R. Martin himself confirmed when the highly anticipated prequel series to Game of Thrones will be set. Martin has spent decades working out the history of his setting and now we are getting a series set 5,000 years before the main series. Exciting news considering the timeframe and Westeros’ record of history.

A Series Based Around Debunking Ancient Myths

Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO’s adaption Game of Thrones are in many ways a deconstruction of fantasy tropes and archetypes. They use parallels to real-world history and events to show just how normal the bizarre and magical can be. And now, with this prequel series Martin’s commentary will be turned to myths and legends.

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The timeframe of the prequel puts it at a time when Westeros hadn’t discovered writing yet. As a result, many of the stories told of this point in their history are contradictory and larger than life. Much like our own pre-history, it’s about how historians interpret the stories that matter. Now, we will get to see if any of these were true or not.

The White Walkers Getting An Origin?

While the White Walkers’ origins have been hinted at, they have never been explained in great detail. According to the official timeline, their first appearance is actually 6,000 years before the main series. However, this could easily be changed.

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As stated previously, the early timeline of this setting is steeped in myth. The recorded years could easily be inaccurate, which considering Martin’s own interest in inverting tropes, wouldn’t surprise us. One thing is for certain, seeing the White Walker’s origin would go a long way toward fleshing them out as villains.

The Origin Of The Houses?

During this timeframe in the setting history, many heroes stepped up and gained notoriety. In doing so, their family names Stark, Lannister, Targaryen etc. formed the greater houses that we are very familiar with.

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We do know one thing though, the Targaryens won’t have their dragons. And more than likely we won’t see a Targaryen for the majority of the series. Seeing the origin of the houses will give us a new appreciation of their long-standing histories and rivalries. Whatever the prequel series holds in store for us, it will be fascinating to see.

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