The fate of Westros is in the balance as the final season of “Game of Thrones” rears its head in 2019. The beloved series just won its third Emmy for Best Drama Series earlier this year. For better or worse, it helped kick off a new age in television defined by bringing blockbuster stories to the small screen. The George R.R. Martin fantasy epic redefined television and caused a content boom as AmazonNetflix, and others have to find their own version. Yet HBO still holds all the cards in the genre, as they began production on a group of spinoffs to take place in Westeros. We now have news that one of those spinoffs will be a prequel, and it will star Naomi Watts.

The news was announced by HBO yesterday as negotiations with Watts concluded. The series will take place 8000 years before the events of the current franchise. This should help limit the crossover potential between the two shows. Martin also may have slipped the series name, “The Long Night” in his excitement via social media. However, HBO reps have noted the series pilot is still untitled.

Even though this sounds like a positive step for a “Game of Thrones” prequel, the production is only at the pilot stage. Even with the original “Thrones” pilot, many roles were miscast and was almost completely reshot and recast. Yet this news will be positively exciting for most. After all, Watts is an Oscar-nominated actress. Having her headline a new series in Westeros carries a bit more weight. Now fans will wait with baited breath for the news about the new “Thrones” and hope for a trailer in time for the series finale.

What do you think of Naomi Watts taking on Westeros? Will this be a smart move for her career moving forward? What are you hoping to see in the new “Game of Thrones” show? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

“Game of Thrones” will air its final season in 2019. A premiere date has not yet been announced. 

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