The pilot, co-created by George R.R. Martin and Jane Goldman, it is one of five stories promised (or threatened) by HBO to continue providing tales of Westeros after Game of Thrones comes to its lucrative, lucrative end in its upcoming eighth season. While HBO has been tight-lipped on the specific focus of the show, Goldman’s project is reportedly set “thousands of years” before Game of Thrones. It will focus on “the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: 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.” Martin confirmed that this referred to The Long Night back in June.
Watts, a repeat Academy-Award nominee known for her work in 21 Grams, Birdman, King Kong, and Mulholland Drive, will be playing a “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.” The descriptor “socialite” is a bit of a curve-ball for ancient Westeros, and possessing a dark secret does little to narrow things down. In any case, it’s a nice surprise to see an actor of Watts’s caliber head the cast, regardless of your opinion of past attempts to televise Westeros.