Filming Has Started For The ‘Game Of Thrones’ Prequel ‘Bloodmoon’

Joshua RogersJoshua Rogers in Entertainment, TV
Published 15.05.19

The Game Of Thrones prequel series – “Bloodmoon” – has started filming. The show is set 5,500 years prior to the events of GoT and could explore the origins of the Night King and White Walkers.

There’s only one more episode of Game Of Thrones left and if you’d had asked me six weeks ago how I’d be feeling at this point I’d have said something along the lines of ‘sad, reflective, nostalgic’ etc.

Ask me how I feel about it ending now. Go on.

Relieved – that’s how I’m feeling.

Yes, relieved is my overriding emotion right now. Not because I haven’t enjoyed the series – because I have – but because I’ve read and written about it so much that it’s become a burden.

All the fan theories and hidden details and complaints, it’s become tiresome. I even said to a colleague today I’ll be glad when it’s all over next week.

I need some time away from Westeros, especially given that the prequel series seems to be drawing ever closer.

In fact, we know have a name for it: Bloodmoon.

No idea what that’s referencing.

A source revealed to the Sun:Thrones fans will be delighted to hear things have started with the prequel.

“Those working on the set in Belfast are referring to the series as Bloodmoon. Producers have put together a stellar cast and it will be must-watch telly for anyone who loves Game Of Thrones.”

Details are few and far between at the moment but it’s widely thought that fans will get an insight into the origins of the White Walkers, and therefore, the Night King.

He needs it – I was seriously disappointed with his character arc this season. It just felt so underwhelming.

What we do know is that prequel is set about 5,000 years before the events of Game of Thrones, and is going to chronicle “the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour.”

The official synopsis reads: “Taking place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, the series chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour.

This “Age Of Heroes” is the same period in which the Children of the Forest made a pact with humans after the White Walkers entered Westeros and the North. The Children of the Forest and humans managed to join forces and with the first members of the Night’s Watch were able to push the Walkers back in The Battle for the Dawn.

And in order to keep Westeros safe, Bran the Builder – a Stark ancestor- raised the Wall using ice and magic.

So it seems as though we’re destined to get more of the Walkers and their backstory, as well as the Night King’s, especially when you read the next bit of the prequel synopsis:

“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.”

Furthermore, the prequel is being developed by George R. R. Martin himself – just finish the books, George! – in collaboration with Jane Goldman, who will be the showrunner and Naomi Watts who will play a socialite with a “dark secret”.

Casey Bloys, HBO’s programming president, says, “The idea is not to do four shows. My hope is to get one show that lives up to [Game of Thrones].”

And in terms of when it’ll arrive? No idea is the short answer.

“My guess is that it would be at least a year before you saw anything else. What I don’t want is the attention to be drawn from the final season and somehow have the distraction of a new Game of Thrones airing right after that,” says Bloys.It’s best to separate it and that’s what we’ll do.”

At the moment, I just can’t get excited about this project, not while there’s still an episode of GoT left.

I need some time to cool off, reflect on what a brilliant series the whole of Thrones has been, and come back to Bloodmoon with a renewed sense of interest.

Unless they really monumentally cock up the last episode in which case I won’t be watching this out of principle.

No pressure.

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