Here's everything we know about the new 'Game of Thrones' spinoff prequel series

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The as-yet-untitled series will cover the Age of Heroes and tell us more about the creepy White Walkers 

Knowing full well that we’re totally desperate for any stray crumb of Game of Thrones news, HBO execs have now revealed that the first of five potential spinoff series is officially in the works.

HBO even released this tantalising description for the as-yet-untitled show:

“The series chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East, to the Starks of legend… it’s not the story we think we know.”

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So here’s what we know about the new series, who’s writing it and when it’ll be out…

What might be covered?

In Martin’s novels, the Age of Heroes is a period of history after the Dawn Age, in which the First Men crossed the land bridge into Westeros and came into contact with the illusive Children of the Forest, according to the fan-powered Game of Thrones Wiki.

The Age of Heroes officially began when the First Men and the Children of the Forest signed a peace deal, after many centuries of conflict, in order to unite behind the task of defeating the White Walkers.

Everything we know about the 'Game of Thrones' spinoff prequel series

Hopefully we’ll get to know more about the Children of the Forest

This battle against the White Walkers is known as the Long Night and ended with the terrifying frozen creatures being driven back to the far north and the Wall being built to keep them out.

Many great and legendary heroes lived in this time, and could very well feature in the show, including founder of House Stark Bran the Builder, who is said to have constructed the Wall and Winterfell.

Lann the Clever, the founder of House Lannister, was also around during the Age of Heroes.

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The building of wall could be an important story-line 

Who’s writing it?

The show will be co-created by George RR Martin and screenwriter Jane Goldman, who will act as showrunner.

Goldman’s credits include the Kingsman films, X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass and The Woman in Black.

Goldman spoke to Digital Spy about the upcoming show, saying: “I am just writing ideas and outlining some things. I really can’t say very much about it, but yeah, it’s all going well. I’m having lots of fun making stuff up!”

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We should be in safe hands with Goldman (left) 

Asked whether it’ll feature her signature humour and love of gore, she added: “I don’t know if I’m allowed to say, but I would say yeah! Those are things I love, and things I like to do. It would be remiss of me not to put them in. So yeah.”

Interestingly, and not that in matters in any way, but Goldman is also married to Jonathan Ross. There you go.

Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have chosen to not be involved and are instead working on a new series of Star Wars films.

When is it coming?

HBO’s progamming president has Casey Bloys previously said that the first show will not air until at least a year after the main show ends. So this means the earliest we could see it is 2020.

How much will it cost?

HBO executives have said they’re willing to throw more than $50m at each new season.

“$50 million [per season] would never fly for what we are trying to do. We are going big,” Francesca Orsi, HBO senior vp drama, said at the INTV conference in Israel in March. 

(Images: HBO / Game of Thrones / Getty)