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4 storylines from Westeros and Essos that could be explored for the Game of Thrones spinoff

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YES! We finally have the news we’ve been waiting to hear for so long! (No, The Winds of Winter release date hasn’t been confirmed, sorry folks.) HBO will be developing four Game of Thrones spinoffs/prequel series. Let us all admit it. The revelation from The Hollywood Reporter has ensured the long term future of George R.R. Martin’s world on our TV screens. So, from now on, we can continue to feed our impatience with no hint of remorse.

A Game of Thrones prequel series or spinoff has long been on the cards for HBO. In the world we live in today, there was no way they were not going to exploit the literary wealth, and financial wealth, of Martin’s universe. Yet now the question stands, what storylines or characters will these prequels follow? Considering the fact that none of us, Martin, Benioff and Weiss aside, know what will happen at the end of Game of Thrones, it’s difficult to guess at a potential series following the events of GOT. In that case, multiple prequel series are looking the most likely at the moment. However, this will probably change once the final episode of Game of Thrones airs. Anyway, without further babbling, here are four potential storylines from Westeros and Essos that the prequel series’s/spinoffs may explore.

(I know four seems like a strange number for a list article, but considering that HBO have confirmed four different spinoffs, I thought it might work on this one occasion. You feel me?)

1. Robert’s Rebellion

Great Houses of Westeros: Where they were and where they are now

A while back, when news first broke that HBO were to begin discussions on a prequel series, I wrote a post outlining the 10 things we wanted to see in a prequel series based on Robert’s Rebellion. This is the most likely prequel series, since Ser Arthur Dayne, a young Ned Stark and Lyanna Stark have already been cast in GOT. A prequel series on Robert’s Rebellion, however, would not be as lengthy as GOT, considering we already know the story. To avoid this prequel series becoming like The Hobbit franchise, bloated with additional storylines, HBO may stick to Martin’s plot. However, the lure of extra money might change that. In any case, a prequel series on Robert’s Rebellion would be great to see. Any chance to witness Ser Arthur Dayne in combat once more.

2. The Doom of Valyria 

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Otherwise known as ‘The Doom’, the Doom of Valyria brought the great Valyrian empire, which had dominated Essos for thousands of years, to an end. ‘The Doom’ took place four hundred years before The War of the Five Kings. Whilst the exact cause is unknown, it is rumoured that ‘The Doom’ was the result of a volcanic eruption. As Tyrion quotes, ‘The flames that shot so high and hot that even dragons burned’. Following the supposed eruption, the sea consumed the rest of Valyria. A tsunami? A prequel series could focus on the Targaryens, the only Valyrian great house  to survive ‘The Doom’. Though the Targaryens were already settled on Dragonstone at the time ‘The Doom’ occurred, a bit of creative license may come into play. A prequel series on The Doom of Valyria would have a certain Pompeii element to it, which would be really exciting to see!

3. Aegon’s Conquest of Westeros 

A Game of Thrones history lesson: Valyria part I

Another potential prequel series could be Aegon’s conquest of Westeros. Like Robert’s Rebellion, this is another event we know quite a lot about, due to its continual referential occurrence in Game of Thrones. Aegon conquered Westeros on the back of his dragon, Balerion, with his two sisters, Rhaenys and Visenya. Though Aegon’s army was initially small when he landed in Westeros, his dragons were able to subdue Houses with larger hosts and thus win them over to his side. Notable victims of Aegon’s conquest were House Hoare, the ruling house of The Riverlands and Iron Islands, House Gardener, Kings of The Reach, and House Durrandon, the Storm Kings. Aegon’s conquest transformed Westeros into seven kingdoms under one ruler. Personally, the chance to see more dragons after Game of Thrones finishes is too exciting a prospect! Fingers crossed Aegon’s Conquest gets the prequel go-ahead!

4. The Long Night

4 storylines from Westeros and Essos that could be explored for the Game of Thrones spinoff

The Long Night is the name for the period in which the White Walkers first appeared. Taking place eight thousand years before Game of Thrones, The Long Night begins with a winter like none other. In the midst of this winter, the White Walkers launched their assault. As we know from the Game of Thrones TV series, the White Walkers were created by the Children of the Forest. At the time, the First Men and the Children were at war. However, the White Walkers soon became a greater enemy than either race had ever known. In the books, Old Nan refers to ‘the last hero’, the man apparently responsible for bringing the Children and First Men together. Perhaps a prequel series could focus on this figure and the first great battle against the old enemy?







Michael Smith is an entertainment writer and short story writer from Portsmouth, UK. After finishing a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing, Michael started his own entertainment blog, ‘Subterranean Homesick Blog’, which he is in the process of developing into an official site. Michael’s interests lie in Television, Film and Music. His favorite Game of Thrones character is Ser Davos Seaworth, mainly because of his Geordie accent.

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7 details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

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HBO gave a huge surprise by releasing the House of the Dragon teaser trailer and Game of Thrones fans couldn’t contain their excitement. The trailer is short, but it still gives us enough information to keep us excited till the time the prequel airs. As usual, we watched the teaser trailer multiple times to spot anything that seemed interesting and we have found out a few details that you might’ve missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer. So let’s get started.

 

1. We have a Dragon in the trailer

details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

The trailer starts and we have a blink and miss appearance by what seems like a dead Dragon. Can this be Balerion, the Black Dread? We know that Balerion died before the events of Dance of the Dragons occured and looking at the number of candles lit in front of the skull, it sure looks like the Dragon has to be someone as special as Balerion. If you think otherwise, please let us know in the comments.

 

2. Blackfyre

details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

We finally got a glimpse of the legendary Valyrian steel sword, Blackfyre and it is held by Paddy Considine, who’s playing King Viserys I Targaryen.  Blackfyre is a Valyrian steel sword that was once wielded by Aegon the Conqueror and it is the most famous Valyrian steel sword owned by House Targaryen.

 

3. Dark Sister

details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

The trailer also gives us a glimpse of another legendary Valyrian steel sword, Dark Sister, though it is really difficult to spot it in the trailer and it is barely visible for a second. Dark Sister is the other ancestral Valyrian steel sword owned by House Targaryen and it was wielded by Aegon Targaryen’s sister/wife, Queen Visenya Targaryen. In the prequel, the sword will be wielded by Daemon Targaryen. So thanks to the sword, we know that Daemon Targaryen is fighting in the scene.

 

4. Catspaw dagger

details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

The most interesting part of the teaser trailer features Alicent Hightower holding the Valyrian Catspaw dagger in her hand and this is the third Valyrian blade that we get to see in the teaser trailer.  The Catspaw dagger has played a major role in the Game of Thrones TV series. The dagger was used by Arya Stark to kill the Night King and it also featured in a number of important scenes in the show.

 

5. Tourney at Horn Hill

details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

We see a jousting event happening with two big banners of House Tarly in the background. That can mean only one thing, that the tourney is happening at Horn Hill. Also, in the same scene, we can see the sigils of both the participants.

One happens to be a knight of House Tarly and the other belongs to House Cole and we are assuming that it might be Ser Criston Cole, who will be played by Fabien Frankel in the prequel. If you take a look at the knight on the right side, he’s holding a shield bearing the sigil of House Cole.

We can see the sigil of House Tarly in the photo below.

details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

 

6. Stark sigil

details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

This is a minor and maybe insignificant piece of information but seeing House Stark sigil in the trailer felt really good and we can also see the sigil of House Bolton next to the Stark sigil.

 

7. New Iron Throne

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It appears that House of the Dragon is going to do things differently and Iron Throne looks different from the one that we have been used to seeing all these years in the Game of Thrones TV series.

As we mentioned in our earlier article, the Iron Throne looks similar to what George R.R. Martin imagined it to look like. Here’s the most accurate depiction of the Iron Throne according to George R.R. Martin. The artwork was done by Marc Simonetti for George R.R. Martin’s 2013 Ice & Fire calendar.

According to George R. R. Martin, this is the most accurate depiction of the Iron Throne

 

What are your thoughts about the details mentioned above? If we missed any details, let us know in the comments section. Do read our article to know everything we know about the cast of House of The Dragon.

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Who is Ser Harrold Westerling? Here’s who Graham McTavish is playing on House of The Dragon

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Not long ago, several pictures of Graham McTavish were leaked on the internet, wearing a full-scale Kingsguard body armour from the set of House of The Dragon. Recently, it has been confirmed by House of The Dragon’s official Twitter handle that he’s playing Ser Harrold Westerling on the show. Here’s a quick look at McTavish’s newest persona.

Ser Harrold Westerling is a knight of House Westerling and the Lord Commander of Viserys I Targaryen’s Kingsguard. Harrold is one of the longest-serving members of the Kingsguard. He was once a powerful knight with a successful military background, and eventually succeeded Ser Ryam Redwyne as Lord Commander. He is tasked by the king to watch over and guard Rhaenyra Targaryen.

Harrold Westerling was announced as a recurring character in House of the Dragon on December 8, 2020. The character description on HBO’s official website reads as follows:

Who is Ser Harrold Westerling? Here’s who Graham McTavish is playing on House of The Dragon

The Commander and longest-serving member of the Kingsguard who still remembers the lustre of the storied Seven Knights. A once-powerful Knight and a successful military background so a man with presence and status. Given the responsibility to the King to watch over and guard the Princess. In the current regime, where widespread peace has led to complacency and indulgence, he feels something of a loss of purpose, but nevertheless serves the King with a fierce, if quiet, loyalty.”

This makes sense as the recent leaks from the House of The Dragon set pictured him in the same vicinity as Olivia Cooke and Milly Alcock, who play Queen Alicent Hightower and a young Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen respectively.

What do you think of the casting? Talk to us in the comments below!







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Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

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Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

Lucifer Season 6 is finally out! The comic book/supernatural based hit series came to an emotional end on September 10 this year with the release of its final season. The show paid a lot of homages to various pop culture icons, including Game of Thrones. Let’s have a look at all the times Game of Thrones was referenced by various characters on Lucifer.

 

Season 3 Episode 14

Cain aka Marcus Pierce (Tom Welling) has been roaming the earth for thousands of years. He’s tired of losing his loved ones due to an immortality curse placed on him by God. After a long and bloody skirmish with Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside), he says and believes he has ‘nothing to live for‘. Amenadiel replies, “Have you tried Game of Thrones?”

 

Season 4 Episode 8

Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

Lucifer is dealing with his emotional issues, after getting back with his ex Eve (Inbar Lavi). Chloe (Lauren German) tells Lucifer about a prophecy, that apocalyptic events will occur on earth and Hell will freeze over if Lucifer meets his true love. To which he replies, “Perhaps winter is coming.

 

Season 5 Episode 9

Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

God (Dennis Haysbert) is on earth and organizes a small family reunion at Linda’s (Rachael Harris) house. Lucifer considers himself the smartest in the family, much like Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones. He drags the chair to sit at the other head of the table in an equal position to his father. Tyrion does something similar at the small council in King’s Landing.

 

Season 5 Episode 16

Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

Michael and Lucifer (both played by Tom Ellis) have agreed to decide who will be the new God of their universe, by a poll that Lucifer is most likely to lose. All the angels show up at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and Michael is wearing a special medieval warrior-like attire for the occasion. Lucifer mocks him for his poor fashion sense, asking him “Is winter coming or something?

 

Season 5 Episode 16

Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

Lucifer and Michael are locking horns for a final showdown, because Michael is willing to kill those who won’t obey him. In a dramatic and long-drawn-out battle, Lucifer defeats Michael with Chloe’s help. He orders him to stand down and ‘bend the knee’, and then goes on to cut off his wings. “Bend the knee” is frequently used by Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, whenever she subdues an enemy.

Have you noticed any other Game of Thrones references we might have missed out on? Tell us in the comments below!







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