With the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones having finished filming a while ago and for it not to air for a couple of months yet, fans of the hit HBO series have not had much news to pour over recently. That all changed yesterday (October 30) with the announcement that the first actor has been cast for the pilot to the series’ prequel.
As-yet-untitled, and set way before the action that we all know and love so well, we learnt that Naomi Watts will be heading to Westeros. Though little is known of her character to date, she is described as “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.” It sounds like we are in for another kick-ass, awesome female role, which we are all in favour of.
We have been warned that the new series is “not the story we think we know”, but just what do we know?
The official description of the show’s storyline was previously released by HBO and reads as follows: “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.”
Information contained in RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series states that the Age of Heroes began 10,000 years before the events that take place in Game of Thrones. When that era came to an end, The Long Night followed – a winter that lasted a generation – and with it, the greatest war (to date) against the white walkers. While we are likely to hear some familiar names as the two great families – the Starks and the Lannisters – date from this period, it is extremely unlikely that anyone from the GoT series will pop up in the prequel, apart from perhaps the Night King.
However, we are unlikely to get any more answers any time soon. While filming on the production is due to begin early next year, HBO has previously stated that they would not air any GoT projects until at least a year after GoT’s series finale. As that will probably take place mid-2019, the earliest we can expect to see the prequel is summer 2020. The series is currently actively seeking not only a cast for a number of roles, but also a director for the pilot.
Although we still have quite a wait for the prequel (and it hasn’t been ordered to series yet), it’s great to have a new GoT project to get excited for. After all, that current series finale is creeping awfully close and we are not quite ready to say goodbye to Westeros.