'Game of Thrones' prequel to address The Night King's origin story
Game of Thrones is currently cutting swathes across the landscape of television, with each new episode of this epic final season being dissected and analysed in absurdly minute detail.
And with each newly discovered crumb of information comes an elaborate new fan theory that might just turn out to be true. It's exhausting simply keeping up with the plot line of the show itself - especially since it's so ridiculously darkly lit these days - let alone the speculation that comes along with it.
Don't believe me? Watch this clip to see why everyone's saying the show is too dark these days:
If Emilia Clarke is to be believed, fans have not yet seen the very best of the show, despite the utterly epic battle that rocked viewers last week.
Refresh your memory ahead of tomorrow's brand new episode with the tantalising teaser:
But while fans all over the world will soon be mourning the loss of their beloved television show, there is some news that will sate the appetite of the Game of Thrones fanatics somewhat, in the form of the previously announced prequels.
There's no official release date yet, but it's thought that the origin story of the Night King and and his army of White Walkers will be explored. HBO describe the show thus;
"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. From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’s history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend, only one thing is for sure: It’s not the story we think we know."
Check out Arya slaying the Night King in the clip below:
As screenwriter Dave Hill explained, the Night King was created by the Children of the Forest - as seen in previous of Game of Thrones - by "sacrificing a captured man in a spiral ‘henge of stones’".
George RR Martin has previously written;
"Every one of the concepts under discussion is a prequel, rather than a sequel. Some may not even be set on Westeros. Rather than ‘spinoff’ or ‘prequel,’ however, I prefer the term ‘successor show.’ That’s what I’ve been calling them."
Fans have been clamouring for from this period of Game of Thrones history.
It sounds like the prequel might just grant them their wish.
Oscar nominee Naomi Watts is slated for a role in the prequel, alongside Miranda Richardson, Marquis Richardson, John Simm, Richard McCabe and Jamie Campbell Bower.