Fans who are worried that the final season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” will not be available in 2018 would be glad to know that they can still get their fix of their favorite characters via an animated series based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series. HBO has recently released the teaser for the animated series which had fans excited about the latest iteration of their favorite saga. The catch is, it will only be available as a limited edition exclusive gift for "Game of Thrones" Season 7 Blu Ray which will be released on December 12

An animated prequel

The 4:30 trailer of the HBO series entitled “Game of Thrones: Conquest and Rebellion, An Animated History of the Seven Kingdoms,” tells the story of how the Targaryens escaped the Doom of Valyria and established their stronghold, Dragonstone.

The miniseries is expected to provide a better context of the Seven Kingdoms as the events take place before the “Game of Thrones” series. In the teaser, which opens with the first episode “Valyria’s Last Scion: House Targaryen,” the series tells the story of how King Aegon Targaryen and his sisters conquered the seven kingdoms of Westeros.

The miniseries which will run for 45 minutes in total, will prove to be handy for fans of the series who have not read George R.R. Martin’s lengthy saga. While book readers already have a grasp of Westerosi history and are able to follow the series easily, there are still fans who remain confused as to how the characters and events connect with each other.

The animated series would be able to answer how the actions of the previous rulers of the different houses have impacted the warring kingdoms. It will perhaps provide the answer on how to defeat the Night King’s army, which is a major arc for the upcoming season.

Harry Lloyd (Viserys Targaryen) narrated the first episode of the miniseries.

The remaining chapters will be voiced over by GOT cast members Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Sophie Turner, Aidan Gillen, Conleth Hill and Pilou Asbæk.

Casting Calls

While HBO has yet to announce the actual release date of “Game of Thrones” Season 8, fans will be happy to know that production is set to begin in October for the final season.

As a matter of fact, casting calls have already started with openings for “northern girl” and “boy.” According to a report by the Independent, while the characters remain unnamed, the requirements for the roles are specific and quite promising. This has led many to speculate that the parts may not be for extras and may actually be as big as Lyanna Mormont’s notable role in the series.

For the northern girl part, production specifically mentions that it is in need of a character who is “remarkable for her dauntlessness and integrity.” The “boy” role requires actors who can “completely own the scenes that he appears in.” The northern girl will film in the week of November 17th while the boy part will start filming in the last week of December.