Game of Thrones Prequel Begins Filming

Did Game of Thrones‘ last season leave you aching for more? Me neither. Regardless, ready or not, here it comes.

According to the Belfast Telegraph, the pilot episode for the Game of Thrones prequel has started production in Northern Ireland. Filming has begun in Co. Down and the north coast. Other locations in Northern Ireland are being readied as well.

Full disclosure, I would have been a lot more excited to report this before seeing the cobbled together mess of season 8. As it stands, I don’t know what to expect. Will it be exceptional television like the first, say, five or six seasons were? Will it be strong but uneven like season 7? Or will it be…well…let’s remain optimistic for now.

On the page, it seems like the show could be very cool. Set thousands of years before the events in Game of Thrones, the series will take place during events such as the Age of Heroes and The Long Night. Westros in this series will be a very different place, with many of the noble houses we’ve come to know not even existing yet.

The cast will include Naomi Watts (King Kong), Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Miranda Richardson, Josh Whitehouse, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sheila Atim, Ivanno Jeremiah, Alex Sharp and Toby Regbo. If the pilot gets picked up, the show will likely air in late 2020 or early 2021.