UPDATE: Slashfilm reached out to HBO and was told, “The Prequel pilot remains untitled.”
Author George R.R. Martin has revealed the title of HBO's first Game of Thrones spinoff, and teased what the prequel series may be about.
With Game of Thrones coming to an end next year after eight seasons, HBO intends to fill the void with a number of shows set in Martin's fantasy world. Fans already knew the first spinoff would be take place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, in the Age of Heroes, but these are the first solid details about what to expect.
Martin is usually tight-lipped when it comes to spoilers, but posting on his Not a Blog, the author revealed the new series will be called The Long Night. He went on to write that the pilot has been scripted by Kingsman: The Secret Service and Kingsman: The Golden Circle co-writer Jane Goldman, who will also serve as showrunner.
It's been a busy week for The Long Night after the series cast Naomi Watts in a lead role. It's unknown what role the King Kong actor will play, but she's described as “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.” Martin wrote that Goldman and her team are busy casting the rest of the roles, and that names should be "announced soon."
Martin teased the status of the remaining spinoffs, and encouraged fans to pick up a copy of the upcoming Fire & Blood when it goes on sale Nov. 20. Considering that Fire & Blood will a complete history of the Targaryen family, HBO's next prequel will presumably focus on the golden-haired dragon riders.
The Long Night was a period when the White Walkers emerged, the First Men were trapped in a bleak winter and Bran the Builder famously erected the Wall. Audiences have been putting forward their own ideas for prequel shows since HBO first announced its plans for up to five Game of Thrones spinoffs, with a series charting the Long Night was a popular choice.
The history of the White Walkers has only been briefly touched on in Game of Thrones, but Goldman has previously explained that her Age of Heroes tale won't be the story we already know. It may be difficult to see how Watts' "charismatic socialite" could fit into the icy world of Westeros' Dark Age, but with The Long Night tipped to start filming in early 2019, expect more news soon.