​​George R.R. Martin revealed that the Game of Thrones prequel series is actually only set 5,000 years, not 10,000, before the events in the original series, according to an interview he did with Entertainment Weekly.

While promoting his new 736-page epic, Fire & Blood, which is on sale now, Martin revealed some major details about the TV prequel series.

“‘10,000 years’ is mentioned in the novels,” Martin said. “But you also have places where maesters say, ‘No, no, it wasn’t 10,000, it was 5,000.’ Again, I’m trying to reflect real-life things that a lot of high fantasy doesn’t reflect.”

Martin continued, “They’re still in the stage of ‘my grandfather told me and his grandfather told him.’ So I think it’s closer to 5,000 years.”

While this is a significant decrease from the original time estimate, the story is still set before the rise of Valyria, the city in which the House Targaryen originated. "Westeros is a very different place," Martin added. "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.”

We hope to get more information about the series, rumored to be titled The Long Night, soon.