Since the Season 7 finale, Game of Thrones fans have been desperately missing all the bloodshed, betrayal, and incest that thrives in Westeros. And while the final season might not be coming until next year, some major news about the highly anticipated GoT prequel series may be enough to temporarily satisfy die-hard viewers. It was announced today that Naomi Watts (Mulholland Drive, King Kong) has been cast as the lead in the upcoming spin-off show. But will she stick around for long or do we have another Ned Stark on our hands? Here’s what we know so far.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Watts has been cast in the pilot as “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.” The vague description of the character should come as no surprise to GoT fans, as HBO has made extreme efforts to keep any plot or character details under close wraps.
In fact, very little is known about the show at all. It is being written by Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Secret Service, X-Men: First Class) and GoT author George RR Martin. The show does not have an official title yet, though Martin has suggested The Long Night as a name. Shooting is expected to begin early next year.
While we may not know the name of the prequel or what it’s really about, we do have a cryptic and intriguing summary from HBO, which reads, “Taking place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, the series chronicles the world’s descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East, to the Starks of legend… it’s not the story we think we know.”
That may seem to give little to no information but die-hard fans may see some clues that provide insight into what the show could be about. After all, the Golden Age of Heroes takes place approximately 10,000 years before the events of Game of Thrones. It was an era that saw the founding of several of the major houses in Westeros, including the Starks (founded by Brann the Builder) and the Lannisters (founded by Lann the Clever). The Golden Age of Heroes eventually ended with a war against the White Walkers and resulted in the Long Night, which was a winter that “lasted a generation.”