HBO’s been planning around the end of its juggernaut series Game of Thrones for a while now, ever since it was clear that the swords-and-sorcery franchise had a clear end in sight, and now the follow-up spin-off is becoming real enough that a few details have begun coming out.
In an interview with EW, HBO programming chief Casey Bloys explained that the pilot (the one survivor of five spin-offs), which they’re planning to film from showrunner Jane Goldman, hopefully won’t fall into the same narrative similarities that shows like The Walking Dead and its spin-off Fear the Walking Dead have been criticized for. That’s because Game of Thrones and this new show will have a lot separating them. Thousands of years, in fact.
“The story’s time period, another 8,000 years before [the events in GoT], it’s far enough away so it feels like a different story, a different world, because it is — the kingdoms do not exist at this point,” Bloys said. “We’re not trying to do Game of Thrones Part II.”
So eight millennia before Ned Stark loses his head means that -- according to this handy timeline of Westeros’ major events -- it’ll be around year -7700 (which is the denotation the universe uses for events before Aegon's Conquest).
That’s around the time of The Long Night, when the First Men and the Children of the Forest unite to defeat the Others with Dragonglass in a big battle known as the Battle for the Dawn. It’s also around when the Wall was built up north.
So lots of familiar subject matter, but totally different perspective. “By setting it when we did,” Bloys said, “there’s a lot going on, a lot of dynamics that are related to Game of Thrones, but it’s different enough with its time period and characters” that fans won’t get burned out.
We might see some legendary figures become the legends that Jon and Dany heard about, or we might just see some bystanders -- either way, it'll be nice to have a change, don't you think?