Game Of Thrones Spin-Off Show Will Start Filming Soon

Westeros is actually just Ireland.

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With the announcement that HBO ordered a pilot for a Game of Thrones prequel series in June, many fans have been cautiously optimistic that the prequel will help ease the inevitable mourning period following the end of the hit series. HBO only officially ordered a pilot, but now that the studio has confirmed a start date and location to film, it's starting to feel more real.

Belfast Telegraph reports that filming will begin in October in Belfast, Northern Ireland through The Paint Hall studio, which handled most of the filming for Game Of Thrones in Ireland.

Jane Goldman wrote the pilot and has been tapped as the showrunner for the series; you may know her from her work writing the Kingsman films as well as Kick-Ass and Stardust. The spinoff will follow the progression from the Age of Heroes into the Long Night, which takes place roughly ten thousand years before the events in the original show.

George RR Martin, writer of books and producer of shows, revealed that the working title of the show is The Long Night. He also provided some details about the process, and potential other spin offs, when he wrote in a blog post, "None of the characters or actors from Game of Thrones will appear in the new show. All of the successor shows we’ve been developing have been prequels, as I have mentioned before. This one really puts the PRE in prequel, since it is set not ninety years before Game of Thrones (like Dunk & Egg), or a few hundred years, but rather ten thousand years."

The final season of Game of Thrones will air next summer. Fingers crossed that the shooting for the spin-off pilot goes well and the show is good enough to fill the void that Game of Thrones is sure to leave.

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