Filming has begun on the primary Game of Thrones prequel collection, set throughout the Long Night, when the White Walkers first swept down upon Westeros within the Age of Heroes, hundreds of years earlier than the War of the Five Kings depicted within the authentic HBO collection.
Game of Thrones fan web site Watchers on the Wall reviews the prequel is presently in manufacturing, taking pictures at Glenariff, a surprising valley in Northern Ireland, which has beforehand been used as a filming location for the Vale of Arryn, the place Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and Peter “Littlefinger” Baelish (Aidan Gillen) first fled after the Purple Wedding. British tabloid The Sun also reports filming at a set in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which has lengthy been a manufacturing hub for Game of Thrones. The Sun, citing an nameless source, additionally claims to have heard an evocative working title for the collection: Bloodmoon.
Just because the 2009 Star Trek filmed below the title Corporate Headquarters and The Matrix sequels used the codename The Burly Man, it’s doubtless Bloodmoon isn’t the precise title of the Game of Thrones prequel collection. Our cash continues to be on Martin’s most well-liked title: The Long Night. But Bloodmoon may nonetheless have some significance to the collection.
Westeros isn’t on Earth—it could be slightly bigger, George R.R. Martin has speculated—nevertheless it does have a single moon, just like ours. In the A Song of Ice and Fire books, the moon over Westeros goes by phases, like ours, and casts pale moonlight. In Qarth, the place Daenerys visited the House of the Undying in Game of Thrones Season 2, many consider that there have been as soon as two moons, till the dragons hatched from the second of the planet’s satellites. But there’s nothing in ASOIAF lore a couple of bloodmoon.
The official description of the prequel collection from HBO doesn’t shed a lot mild both:
Taking place hundreds of years earlier than the occasions of Game of Thrones, the collection chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And just one factor is for certain: From the horrifying secrets and techniques of Westeros’ historical past to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of Legend—it’s not the story we predict we all know.
There have been different astrological omens vital to Game of Thrones, notably the red comet that appeared within the sky in Season 2. In A Song of Ice and Fire, there are additionally the wanderers, seven stars that correspond to the seven gods within the Faith of the Seven extensively practiced in Westeros. One star, related to the Thief, is red, just like Mars.
So whereas nothing we find out about A Song of Ice and Fire stands out as notably bloody and moon-y, there’s definitely precedent for astronomical our bodies taking part in a component within the politics of Westeros, notably as omens to be learn in numerous methods by completely different factions.
Other hints about filming for the collection are briefly provide. Watchers on the Wall has a handful of leaked set photos from Paint Hall Studios in Belfast. They present pulleys and scaffolding lashed collectively from logs, plus a gnarly-looking cliff face.
Whether it’s finally known as The Long Night or Bloodmoon, the Game of Thrones prequel collection will star Naomi Watts as “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.” The pilot for the collection, filming now, was written by showrunner Jane Goldman (Kingsman collection, X-Men: First Class). No launch date has been introduced.