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GE­ORGE RR MARTIN HAS RE­VEALED THAT FIVE PO­TEN­TIAL GAME OF THRONES PRE­QUEL SERIIES ARE IN DE­VEL­OP­MENT. HERE ARE SOME SFX SUG­GES­TIONS FOR WHAT THEY COULD BE...

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IN THE BE­GIN­NING...

Way be­fore the Starks and Lan­nis­ters started squab­bling over Wes­teros, the so-called “First Men” ruled the land hav­ing made a pact with orig­i­nal res­i­dents, the Chil­dren of the For­est. In the process, they fought off the White Walk­ers, es­tab­lished the Night’s Watch and built the Wall to pro­tect the land. With gi­ants still roam­ing the North freely, this could be a more fan­tasy-heavy show than Game Of Thrones – ex­cit­ing, as long as it doesn’t get too Sil­mar­il­lion.

ROBERT’S RE­BEL­LION

Chances are that many of the events that led to Robert Baratheon nab­bing the Iron Throne from “Mad” King Aerys II will be ex­plained away in Game

Of Thrones’s fi­nal episodes, so this could be re­dun­dant. Even so, the hints we’ve al­ready had of this era – Jaime the Kingslayer, the death of Lyanna Stark, Jon Snow’s birth – sug­gest this was a skir­mish al­most as in­trigu­ing as Wes­teros’s cur­rent bat­tle for supremacy.

MANCE RAYDER

While the big fam­i­lies of Wes­teros were pre­oc­cu­pied ar­gu­ing with each other, for­mer Night’s Watch Ranger Mance Rayder man­aged to build an army of Free Folk north of the Wall, unit­ing nu­mer­ous dis­parate tribes into a force that got the south­ern­ers wor­ried. The tale of how a “Crow” turned and sub­se­quently won over his for­mer en­e­mies to the point where they were pre­pared to die for him could be very watch­able – though it would re­quire its cast to spend a hell of a lot of time in the freez­ing cold.

THE TAR­GARYEN KIDS

When we first en­counter Daen­erys, her older brother Vis­erys is so des­per­ate to re­claim his father Aerys’s crown that he’s ar­ranged for her to

marry Khal Drogo – win­ning the use of a Dothraki army in the process. The story of how he be­came such a thor­oughly un­pleas­ant, du­plic­i­tous in­di­vid­ual could be pretty watch­able – as could the tale of two royal kids who’ve spent their en­tire lives in ex­ile in Es­sos. Maybe there could also be some sub­tle teases at Dany’s later affin­ity for dragons.

SOME­THING ELSE EN­TIRELY

Wes­teros is a big place, so why just fo­cus on peo­ple and places we’ve al­ready heard of? Game Of Thrones is so caught up in the machi­na­tions of the aris­toc­racy that the lit­tle guy barely gets a look in. So per­haps the best di­rec­tion to take would be fo­cus­ing on the foot­sol­diers and the or­di­nary peo­ple who have to live with the con­se­quences of de­ci­sions made by the Tar­garyens, Starks, Lan­nis­ters and co. Richard Ed­wards

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