The first casting news for HBO’s “Game of Thrones” prequel pilot on Tuesday boiled down to two main words: Naomi Watts. Details are scarce, but according to Variety, her character is “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.”
The prequel, which author George R.R. Martin said is called “The Long Night,” comes from Martin and showrunner Jane Goldman (“Kingsman: The Secret Service”) and is set 8,000 years before the events of “Game of Thrones.”
HBO has described the premise as “the world’s descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour . . . From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East, to the Starks of legend — it’s not the story we think we know.”
In other words, don’t expect Jon Snow (Kit Harington) to pop up. But that doesn’t mean Watts will play a totally unknown character. Put on your nerd hats — here are the most likely possibilities.