Naomi Watts is the first name announced in HBO’s upcoming Game of Thrones spin-off prequel. The actress is set to take up the lead role in a series which has been dubbed ‘The Long Night’ by George R.R. Martin himself. It’s unclear what kind of a character she’ll be portraying, although the tagline being given so far is “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.”
The prequel pilot, which will apparently be one of many spin-off series, has Jane Goldman acting as screen runner (according to Variety). Set thousands of years before the current Game of Thrones timeline, The Long Night will chronicle the world’s descent from the golden age of heroes into its darkest hour.
George R.R. Martin will be working alongside Goldman in this co-production, a good sign for most as it’s often claimed the quality of GoT episodes declined after Martin’s departure. The fanbase behind the series is one of the biggest and most dedicated ever seen, with constant speculation about stories floating about. It looks like The Long Night will have a few surprises up its sleeve however,
“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.”
Goldman’s series is one of FIVE GoT spin-offs in different stages of development at HBO. It’s also been stated that none of the current actors will star in any of the prequels. G R.R. M has also ruled out the possibility of the spin-off focussing on his ‘Dunk and Egg’ novellas, based 90 years prior to the current series. The Last Night seems to be the one that’s furthest along in its production:
“Jane Goldman scripted the LONG NIGHT pilot and will be running the show. She and her team are busy in London right now, neck deep in casting, and I expect some more names will be announced soon.”
said Martin, and continued with,
“Meanwhile, there are still a couple of other possible prequels in active development. I can’t tell you the subject matter of those projects, no, sorry, wish I could. The readers among you might want to grab a copy of FIRE & BLOOD when it is released on November 20, though.”
What’s a post from George R. R. Martin without him plugging his book eh? As far as a release date for The Long Night is concerned, it will be at least one year after the finale of Game of Thrones airs – so the earliest we could see it is mid 2020.
The near future looks set to be packed full of fresh new fantasy series for fans to get stuck into, with The Witcher and The Lord of The Rings TV series both just around the corner. HBO seems to have struck a lucrative market with Game of Thrones, and they don’t look to be giving that up any time soon. We’ll keep you updated with any more developments on The Long Night and the other prequels that we’re sure to hear more about soon.