The upcoming Game of Thrones prequel has already named their main cast members that includes Naomi Watts, Naomi Ackie and Denise Gough. The rest of the large ensemble of characters will be portrayed by Miranda Richardson, Josh Whitehouse, Jamie Campbell Bower, Alex Sharp, Ivanno Jeremiah, Sheila Atim and Toby Regbo.

GoT showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss aren’t involved in this series at all. The series is written by Jane Goldman and created by her and George R.R. Martin himself.

Naomi Watts in Ophelia movie
Naomi Watts in Ophelia movie

Till today, there is still no official word on the characters involved in the series and who is playing whom. Except for Watts, as HBO has confirmed, who will take up the role of “a charistmatic socialite hiding a dark secret”, whose name is yet to be revealed.

The show is also still untitled, though the name “The Longest Night” has been thrown up in the air as a likely possibility. The name is in reference to the time period in which the series will take place, about 5,000 years before Game of Thrones. HBO describes it as “the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour”.

A work done by one of over 40 concept artists working on Game of Thrones for the Unseen Westeros exhibition
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A work done by one of over 40 concept artists working on Game of Thrones for the Unseen Westeros exhibition
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While everything else seems to be kept under wraps, there is a new update: the shooting for the pilot is done. The shoot was held in Northern Ireland. The next phase now is to edit the footage that was directed by S.J. Clarkson.

HBO President Casey Bloys has seen the pilot footage and thinks it looks very good. “The cast was amazing,” he said, “Jane and S.J. are busy in the edit room so I haven’t seen anything yet, but we’re looking forward to it.”

Another work done by one of over 40 concept artists working on Game of Thrones for the Unseen Westeros exhibition
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Another work done by one of over 40 concept artists working on Game of Thrones for the Unseen Westeros exhibition
via kotaku.com

That sounds rather promising. I’m excited to see how Goldman makes this new show different from the GoT series. Even though the story universe is the same, the setting could be quite different because of the time period. And especially when the GoT stars did such a phenomenal job in portraying some of the most memorable characters on TV, comparing these two shows would be inevitable.

But with a whole new story and cast, I’d rather the prequel be a fresh look at the world of Westeros with characters just as colourful and stories just as fascinating.

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