The Game of Thrones prequel series Age of Heroes has been scrapped. According to Deadline, Showrunner Jane Goldman informed the cast and crew of the project via email, that the pilot will not be going ahead.
“After careful consideration, we have decided not to move forward to series with the untitled Game of Thrones prequel. We thank Jane Goldman, S.J. Clarkson, and the talented cast and crew for all of their hard work and dedication,” HBO said in a statement Friday, 25 October.
The prequel, created by the Kingsman writer and George RR Martin, was given the pilot green light back in 2018. The story takes place thousands of years before the wars, romances and dragons of the hit TV series Game of Thrones, which wrapped up its eight-season run in May. The would-be series would have combined issues of race, power, intrigue and White Walkers and the first ever battle between man and White Walker, in an age dominated by heroic figures like Bran the Builder, credited with creating the Wall, and Lann the Clever, credited with founding House Lannister.
It was picked among several other Game of Thrones prequel scripts that had been commissioned by HBO. While the pilot was in editing, HBO in September gave an unofficial pilot green light to a second prequel project from Martin and Ryan Condal, which is set 300 years before the events in Game of Thrones and tracks the beginning of the end for House Targaryen, aligning the vision of the project much more closely to the days of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington).
Word of the pilot, penned by Goldman and directed by SJ Clarkson, not going forward comes after a lengthy post-production, which included re-editing of the initial cut after it was not well received, and rumours about issues during filming in Northern Ireland.