George R.R. Martin, author of the Song of Ice and Fire fantasy novels, has confirmed both the Stark family and their direwolves will be present in HBO’s upcoming Game of Thrones prequel series. "The Starks will definitely be there," Martin tells Entertainment Weekly. "Obviously the White Walkers are here--or as they're called in my books, The Others--and that will be an aspect of it.” He also notes that “there are things like direwolves and mammoths." As previously reported, the prequel series "chronicles the world's descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour.” The Age of Heroes refers to the time that started about 10,000 years pre-Game of Thrones.