News broke on Thursday that HBO has tapped four different writers to explore multiple potential spinoffs of “Game of Thrones.” We dug into Westerosi history to figure out what would be the most interesting event to focus on in a possible prequel.
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This seems like the best bet in terms of a prequel series. Robert’s Rebellion, and the period leading up to it, has been referenced throughout the series, so to see it all unfold makes sense. Plus, it’s got everything you’d want from a “Game of Thrones” story: a menacing villain in the Mad King Aerys, house drama thanks to the kidnapping of Lyanna Stark, and epic battles like the Sack of King’s Landing and Robert and Rhaegar’s fight on the Trident.
Plus, fans of the series would likely be drawn to seeing characters they know from the main series, like Robert and Ned Stark, as younger leaders.
The story of Aegon’s Conquest could begin with the crowning of the first Lord of Westeros and the forging of the Iron Throne, and span through his goal of convincing the other kings of Westeros to bend the knee or die. There would still be plenty of action — and even more badass use of dragons — with the added benefit of viewers getting to see a Westeros 200 years younger and with the Targaryen family as the strongest house in the land.
The Tales of Dunk and Egg
Told in a series of novellas written by George R.R. Martin himself, “The Tales of Dunk and Egg” follow Ser Duncan the Tall, a hedge knight who would later be a part of Aegon V’s kingsguard, and young Aegon the V himself. The stories follow the two as they travel across Westeros participating in many famous moments in history.
The Brotherhood Without Banners
The Brotherhood Without Banners appeared briefly in the “Game of Thrones” TV show, but have never really been explored in depth. In essence, the Brotherhood Without Banners are like Robin Hood and his Merry Men but a bit darker.
This potential series would take place in tandem with seasons of the current series, but explore what was happening through the eyes of this guerilla group as they steal from the rich and give to the poor…and occasionally also steal from the poor.
Doom of Valyria
Ever wonder why no one can get into Old Valyria without facing a hoard of stone men and risking the chance of contracting the greyscale infection? Why that happened would be explained in the destruction of the Valyrian Freehold at the hands of a catastrophic event called the Doom.
Building of the Wall
In a land of fantastical landmarks, the Wall sits near the top. A series about the construction of the great, icy barrier could interest fans enough to warrant a series.
The Night’s King Origin
No matter what Cersei does, it’s clear that the Night’s King is the true villain of the series. Digging deeper into his past, and how he came to be the way he is, could be cause for a series.
The War of the Children and the First Men
Set around 10,000 years before Aegon’s Conquest of the Seven Kingdoms, this story begins with the Children of the Forest, the only inhabitants of Westeros, meeting the First Men who were migrating from Essos. Naturally, the two cultures clash.
The War of the Children and the First Men includes many important events in the history of Westeros, but chief among them is the fact that the Children create the White Walkers before it all ends in a truce.
The Blackfyre Rebellions
The drama that unfolds surrounding the House Targaryen is often like a good soap opera. One of the legendary houses oldest rivals, House Blackfyre, actually resides in the same family tree. The Blackfyres despise the Targaryens so much that they rebelled a total of five times throughout their long history.
The prequel could span the entire 75 years of their feud — perhaps each season portraying a different rebellion.
The Long Night
A series about the Long Night would be a clean tie-in to the coming conflict of the White Walkers’ return to Westeros.
The Long Night was 8,000 years before Targaryen rule and was the last time winter came to Westeros and the White Walkers returned.