Game of Thrones has easily been one of the most popular and buzz-worthy shows of the last decade, and sadly the show will be coming to a close with its eighth season this spring. Fans won't be leaving Westeros that quickly, though: In early 2018, HBO confirmed that would officially be going ahead with the idea of Game of Thrones prequel series, and thanks to a handful of details released by HBO this month, we've got all the fun details for you.
What's the show going to be about?
According to HBO, the as-of-now untitled new show (rumored to be called "The Long Night") will be set thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, and would chronicle "the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’s history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend, only one thing is for sure: It’s not the story we think we know."
Who's in the cast?
News broke back in October that Oscar-nominee Naomi Watts is set to lead the cast, with exact details of her character are being kept unsurprisingly under wraps (considering the source, and all.) All we know so far is that she’ll play “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret, according to Variety.
Per HBO, also joining Watts is Josh Whitehouse (Poldark), Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth), Denise Gough (Monday), Jamie Campbell Bower (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street), Sheila Atim (Harlots), Ivanno Jeremiah (Humans), Georgie Henley (The Chronicles of Narnia films), Alex Sharp (How to Talk to Girls at Parties) and Toby Regbo (The Last Kingdom, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald).
Who's working on the series?
Jane Goldman and GoT author George R.R. Martin are listed as creators of this new series, with Goldman serving as the showrunner. They will both also executive produce alongside SJ Clarkson (The Defenders, Jessica Jones), who is also directing the pilot episode; James Farrell, Jim Danger Gray, Vince Gerardis, Daniel Zelman, and co-executive producer Chris Symes.
Is this the only Game of Thrones spin-off?
Naw, man. We're not leaving Westeros any time soon. This series is just one of at least three future Game of Thrones-related projects that will be coming to a screen near you. According to George R.R. Martin himself,"a couple more shows" set within the franchise are "still being scripted", and probably could end up on HBO at some point in the future. At one point, a rumored five GoT spin-offs were rumored to be in development from writers Bryan Cogman, Max Borenstein, Brian Helgeland and Carly Wray.