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We have news from the world of A Song of Ice and Fire! No, George R.R. Martin in not finally releasing The Winds of Winter. We have a bit of casting news on the hotly anticipated prequel series to Game of Thrones currently being developed under the title The Long Night. Yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Oscar nominee Naomi Watts will lead the ensemble cast for the new HBO series as a "charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret."

Entertainment news outlets were all over the story.


And fans were excited.




The series is set to take place thousands of years before the story of Game of Thrones. The prequel will reportedly document the golden age of heroes and their descent into the long night. This means it has the potential to explore the origins of the White Walkers more fully, along with the legends of the first Starks in the north. However, the time period led many to believe that this would mean the absence of the Lannisters and the Targaryens, who ascended to power in Westeros far later than the prequel series is taking place.

But thanks to Naomi Watts' rather Lannister and Targaryen complexion, speculation was rife that there would be a connection.





Though many wondered, considering Game of Thrones, if Naomi Watts might be getting the Ned Stark treatment.



But most just wanted George R.R. Martin to stop writing TV episodes and finish the book series.



We'll find out who Naomi Watts is playing soon enough — probably much sooner than we'll lay our eyes on The Winds of Winter.

H/T: The Hollywood Reporter, Twitter

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