Although Game of Thrones is coming to an end later this year, fans of the Seven Kingdoms know that George R.R. Martin’s work will live on a number of prequel shows. Well, the first of these just took a big leap forwards and looks to be our next big binge once the credits roll on Game of Thrones.
It seems like a long wait since we’ve heard any news on the tentatively titled The Long Night, but keen to keep us hooked, HBO has revealed the prequel series’ full cast list and announced its director.
According to HBO, Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth), Denise Gough (Monday), Sheila Atim (Harlots), Ivanno Jeremiah (Humans), Georgie Henley (Disney’s Narnia movies), Jamie Campbell Bower (young Grindelwald in Harry Potter/Fantastic Beasts), Shelia Atim, Tony Regbo (young Dumbledore in Harry Potter/Fantastic Beasts), Ivanno Jeremiah (Doctor Who) and Alex Sharp will all join the previously announced Naomi Watts.
It’s interesting that Bower and Regbo will be sharing the screen again after appearing as young Gellert Grindelwald and Albus Dumbledore in the wizarding world of Harry Potter.
Keeping with Game of Thrones‘ legacy of female-first TV that put women in power, Jessica Jones‘ S. J. Clarkson joins the team as the show’s director. The Thronesverse has come under fire for a lack of having women behind the scenes, but with Clarkson directing and Kingsman‘s Jane Goldman writing, we could be onto a winner.
As for the cast, Watts was already enough of a household name to grab headlines when she was announced last year. If some of the latest names aren’t ringing a bell, that’s because HBO apparently want to focus on a diverse cast of unknown names.
Remembering back to the early days of Game of Thrones, big names like Sean Bean and Charles Dance nestled alongside newcomers like Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, and Sophie Turner.
If HBO is sticking with The Long Night, it looks like Clarkson will chart the period of history where winter really did come and Brand the Builder put up the Wall.
Even Martin has kept away from this era in his expanding world of Westeros, meaning The Long Night could literally go anywhere. Either way, we’ve got chills…and they’re multiplying.
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