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'10,000 years' is mentioned in the novels. But you also have places where maesters say, 'No, no, it wasn't 10,000, it was 5,000.' . . . So I think it's closer to 5,000 years. Westeros is a very different place. There's no King's Landing. There's no Iron Throne. There are no Targaryens -- Valyria has hardly begun to rise yet with its dragons and the great empire that it built. We're dealing with a different and older world and hopefully that will be part of the fun of the series. [Prequel showrunner Jane Goldman] is a tremendous talent.
One of the many key differences of the prequel? There will be no King's Landing. That setting has served as a crucial location throughout Game of Thrones' run. It has been the locale of countless intrigues and shockers. Accordingly, we will all have to wait and see what the prequel serves up in its absence. It is a tough act to follow. Or in this case, is it precede?
The lack of an Iron Throne is another big thing that will be missing from the prequel. It has served as an iconic visual component of the series. In many ways, the Iron Throne is a character in its own right. The powerful visualization of authority has driven a large amount of the tale we have come to know and love.
Without the Iron Throne, the prequels will be tested to set up a new conflict for its story to revolve around. Survival is an equally pivotal aspect to Game of Thrones. Perhaps it will not be manifested into a figure as recognizable as the Iron Throne. Conversely, while the Iron Throne may not be its physical representation, a fight for power could still be present.
Another major thing that will be missing from the prequels is the dragons. For those of us who love the direwolves, this could be refreshing news. As fans well know, Game of Thrones has always attributed more of its resources to bringing the symbol of House Targaryen to life than House Stark's.
The lastly missing piece that George R.R. Martin shared would be missing is the Targaryens. That is a big one. House Targaryen has been at the fore of Game of Thrones' story. Despite the absence of the Targaryens, messed up family histories should still be in play. Can you really have a Game of Thrones-style world without them?