Only one abbreviated season of Game of Thrones is left before the final credits roll, but that won’t necessarily be the end of the action in Westeros and beyond. Multiple spinoffs have been in development, and one scored a pilot order over the summer. Now, we know that Naomi Watts of The Impossible and Gypsy has landed the lead role.
Naomi Watts has landed a starring role in the Game of Thrones prequel spinoff pilot, which does not yet have a title, and not a whole lot of details are currently available about what to expect. Watts is slated to play a socialite with no shortage of charisma, but — like many of the Game of Thrones characters — she hides a dark secret.
The character’s name has not yet been revealed, according to THR, so we can only speculate at this point if she’s a member of one of the noble houses of Westeros. Naomi Watts could certainly be a good fit for a Targaryen character based on her looks, although having blonde hair hardly means that she must be a Targaryen. After all, Emilia Clarke only recently went blonde in real life.
Still, the Targaryens would still be around during the time of the prequel, which is set thousands of years before Game of Thrones, so it’s not impossible. The pilot was created by Jane Goldman, and she’ll serve as executive producer and showrunner, along with George R.R. Martin.
Book fans can only hope that the prequel doesn’t keep him so busy that he can’t keep working on Winds of Winter. The setting so far ahead of Game of Thrones means even diehard fans can’t predict exactly what the prequel will cover, if ordered to series.
Game of Thrones will return in 2019, with the prequel at some point after if it is ordered to series from the pilot.