Meaghan Kirby
October 31, 2018 10:41 am

The Game of Thrones prequel series has officially found its star. Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts is set to lead the still-untitled ensemble series, and while details about Watts’ character, including her name, are being kept tightly under wraps (this is the Game of Thrones universe after all), reports note that she’ll play a “charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.”

Written by Jane Goldman and A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin, the upcoming series is apparently set thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones. According to HBO’s official description, the new series takes place following “the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour.” The description continues, “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.”

While HBO’s description of the series is unsurprisingly vague, Martin’s suggestion for the series title, The Long Night, may provide more clues as to what’s to come. In Game of Thrones (and ASOIF) lore, the Long Night was a dark period in history, plaguing the entire known world. During that period, the White Walkers battled the First Men and Children of the Forest, leading to the creation of the Wall and the Night’s Watch. If Martin’s suggested title is any hint, the new series may feature legendary figures, including House Stark founder Bran the Builder and mythical warrior Azor Ahai.

Earlier this year, HBO programming president Casey Bloys indicated the Game of Thrones prequel wouldn’t air until at least 2020, giving us ample time to endlessly speculate about Watts’ character…and how long she’ll survive.

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