Despite the immense level of security HBO's Game of Thrones is known for, fans are already getting an inkling of what to expect from the upcoming prequel series. Given the fact that the show is set in the Age of Heroes, 5,000 years in Westeros' past, even fans of George R.R. Martin's novels won't necessarily know what to expect, as the few details provided by the books describe an almost completely different world from the one we watched for years.
Many of the great Houses didn't exist in this era, which makes the most recent leak from the set of the prequel all the more curious. A photo taken from a distance shows a constructed cave, and within it, a statue of a roaring lion head. Game of Thrones fans know the golden lion is the sigil of House Lannister, whose official motto is, "Hear Me Roar." While it remains conjecture at this point, the lion head spotted on the set of the prequel series may mean fans will get to see the origins of the golden-haired family.
In the novels, the story goes that House Lannister began with Lann the Clever, a trickster who, according to legend, used just his wits to push the Casterlys out from Casterly Rock and claim it as his own. However, there's a lot of uncertainty regarding what that actually means as there are several contradictory version of Lann's story. The prequel series may set the record straight and introduce new stories to Westeros' history.
The release date and title for the Game of Thrones prequel are not yet known. The show will star Naomi Watts, Josh Whitehouse, Georgie Henley, Naomi Ackie, Sheila Atim, Ivanno Jeremiah, Jamie Campbell Bower, Denise Gough, Alex Sharp and Toby Regbo, among others.
Via Winter is Coming