As George R.R. Martin and HBO try to figure out which (and how many!) of the five Game of Thrones spin-offs they’re working on a small group of indie filmmaker in Belfast have taken it upon themselves to make their own prequel, titled “The Wild Wolf,” a short depicting Ned’s doomed brother Brandon Stark and Catelyn Tully’s betrothal, and Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish’s fateful decision.

So maybe “fan film” isn’t exactly right here, as this is pretty professional-looking! As always, there are a couple of signs that this is not an official HBO production; it’s rough around the edges sometimes, and Littlefinger seems a bit older to me than I had thought he was when the Starks and Tullys tried to ally with each other. But for having zero funding, it’s top-notch.

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And it certainly knows its Game of Thrones. Here’s the cast, courtesy of Winter Is Coming:

  • Curtis Worell — Petyr Baelish
  • Elisha Gormley — Catelyn Tully
  • Jenny Edgar — Lysa Tully
  • Michael McGarry — Edmure Tully
  • Jonathan Gilespie — Ethan Glover
  • Roger Dane — Maester Vyman
  • Ryan Lafferty — Raff the Raper (not to be confused with Raff the Sweetling)

And an eagle-eyed WIC reader noticed that Lysa as appeared on the actual Game of Thrones during the stellar “Hardhome” episode. Neat!

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GRRM has already announced there won’t be a “Robert’s Rebellion” prequel series, which I’m 100 percent fine with. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy “The Wild Wolf” one hell of a lot.