Winter is coming, and so is the final six-episode season of HBO’s hit fantasy drama Game of Thrones. But if you’re not quite ready to exit the world of Westeros, you’re (obviously) not alone, and HBO feels your pain, too. That’s why it’s such a relief that the network announced plans to develop a Game of Thrones prequel, slated to arrive sometime in 2020. Yes, it’s a long way off, but we have a few details that’ll satiate GoT fans.
Here’s everything we know about the forthcoming Game of Thrones prequel.
What’s it called?
George R.R. Martin, the mastermind behind the world of Westeros announced via Twitter that the Game of Thrones spin-off will be titled The Long Night.
So what is The Long Night about?
According to the official synopsis, the forthcoming Game of Thrones prequel is unlike anything OG Game of Thrones fans are familiar with because the setting takes place 8,000 years(!) before any of the events in the current series.
The synopsis 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.
Who’s in the cast?
Sorry, but as of now, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, Emilia Clarke, or any other familiar GoT faces won’t be returning for the prequel. However, Naomi Watts will be headlining the cast of The Long Night, along with fellow British actor Josh Whitehouse, Deadline reports. “I could not be more excited. Welcome to Westeros, Naomi,” Martin wrote on his personal blog. Martin announced the name of the series and Watts’ addition to the cast on Twitter.
Watts herself celebrated the news with an Instagram post promising “dark secrets.”
Other actors cast in the show include Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), Naomi Ackie (The Bisexual), Denise Gough (Juliet, Naked), Jamie Campbell Bower (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald), Sheila Atim (Harlots), Ivanno Jeremiah (Humans), Georgie Henley (The Chronicles of Narnia), Alex Sharp (The Hustle), and Toby Regbo (Reign). But we still don’t know who these fine people will be playing yet, unfortunately.
Who’s the creative team behind the show?
SJ Clarkson (Jessica Jones) will direct and executive produce. GoT author George R.R. Martin will continue to be an executive producer of the series. Screenwriter Jane Goldman (Kingsman, Kick-Ass, X-Men: The First Class) will also work on the show, along with James Farrell, Jim Danger Gray, Vince Gerardis, and Daniel Zelman.