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.
Two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts has been tapped to star in the untitled #GameOfThrones prequel from creator Jane… https://t.co/mToC7yCJ8K— Hollywood Reporter (@Hollywood Reporter)1540929964.0
Naomi Watts has landed the lead role in a #GameOfThrones prequel series fans (and George R.R. Martin himself) are i… https://t.co/r2VsLZg5E0— VANITY FAIR (@VANITY FAIR)1540933972.0
And fans were excited.
Casting has begun on the #GameOfThrones prequel!!! Naomi Watts is in 🙌 https://t.co/GjWbHMcIZh— Evan (@Evan)1540930149.0
@THR @GRRMspeaking @Aaronmiller99 OMG OMG YESSSS!!— Yobebami (@Yobebami)1540980343.0
@THR @GRRMspeaking I’m 100000000000000 percent for this— Lil’ Poundcake (@Lil’ Poundcake)1540943555.0
@THR @GRRMspeaking Yes!! I’m all over this!— LadyJCMuses (@LadyJCMuses)1540943073.0
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.
Please let Naomi Watts be playing Rhaenyra Targaryen. Please let Naomi Watts be playing Rhaenyra Targaryen. Please… https://t.co/SgFo35SWgK— 👻Dani of the Dead🎃 (@👻Dani of the Dead🎃)1540930968.0
a concept: naomi watts as queen alysanne targaryen https://t.co/pZ6QA0E8nR— lucsa (@lucsa)1540932385.0
please god please let naomi watts play a Targaryen https://t.co/rlCNPAa1Ka— khaleesi (@khaleesi)1540930455.0
There's only a handful of powerful houses Naomi Watts' character could belong to. Especially given her complexion.… https://t.co/WYPg10GlIF— Charlie Schneider (@Charlie Schneider)1540930750.0
@THR @GRRMspeaking Targaryen momma— Khuong Huynh (@Khuong Huynh)1540949328.0
Though many wondered, considering Game of Thrones, if Naomi Watts might be getting the Ned Stark treatment.
@THR @GRRMspeaking To be fair, #NaomiWatts will probably be killed off in the 1st episode.— Sam (@Sam)1540930146.0
@THR @GRRMspeaking Naomi Watts will be the Sean Bean of this series. Don’t expect her to be alive for very long.— Ryan Carlson (@Ryan Carlson)1540952438.0
@THR @GRRMspeaking Early sharp betting action also favors Naomi Watts to be killed off first from the new series.— John Hunton (@John Hunton)1540957953.0
But most just wanted George R.R. Martin to stop writing TV episodes and finish the book series.
@THR @GRRMspeaking https://t.co/rsCxzirzZL— Archdruid Phearal (@Archdruid Phearal)1540999874.0
@THR @GRRMspeaking No more projects, side projects, prequels or sequels until RR Martin finishes the GOT books, ple… https://t.co/AzFpZ2E7iT— Jim O'Rourke (@Jim O'Rourke)1540946868.0
@THR @GRRMspeaking And @GRRMspeaking hasn't finished writing the pilot. Rumor has it that it will take 10 years for… https://t.co/EqzEE43Qgw— Anthony Bagarozza (@Anthony Bagarozza)1540999090.0
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.