As Game of Thrones final season nears, HBO reveals cast of GOT prequel

While everyone is getting excited for the upcoming and final Game of Thrones season (like seriously can it hurry up already), the production company behind the mega show, HBO, has been quietly plodding along with more Westeros goodness to keep you hungry.

There has been talk for some time about how to extend the hit series created by author George RR Martin. For sometime there was debate about whether there should be a spin-off series or take a look back to a time before Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen and Cersei Lannister.

HBO decided to come up with a prequel series that will reportedly be set thousands of years before the present plot of Game of Thrones. And recently the names of the actors who will appear in this new version of the Seven Kingdoms has been disclosed.

A big name on the list is Naomi Watts, who’ll be joined by Josh Whitehouse, Jamie Campbell Bower, and Georgie Henley. The new cast will also have Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Ivanno Jeremiah, Toby Regbo, Alex Sharp, and Sheila Atim.

however, it is not known who will play which character or belong to which of the noble Houses – Stark, Baratheon, Lannister, Tyrell, Arryn, Targaryen, Tully, Greyjoy or Martell.

As per, the prequel chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour.

“From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’s history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend, only one thing is for sure: It’s not the story we think we know.”

More about GOT season 8

Recently a snippet from the upcoming season was released by HBO which showed Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) meeting Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) for the first time, and saying, “Winterfell is yours, your Grace.”

Kit Harington who plays Jon Snow, believes the final season was “designed to break” the cast of the blockbuster fantasy series. The actor said the team was so tired and sleep deprived from the emotional goodbyes that they just wanted to be “done” with it.

“The last season of ‘Thrones’ seemed to be designed to break us. Everyone was broken at the end. I don’t know if we were crying because we were sad it was ending or if we were crying because it was so f**king tiring. We were sleep deprived. It was like it was designed to make you think, ‘Right, I’m f**king sick of this’,” Harington told GQ Australia.

Looking back at the show fondly Harington feels it gave him a breakout role and introduced him to his wife, actor Rose Leslie. “That weight is off my shoulders. It’s done now. I can be proud of it. We’ve got eight seasons, and they can sit on a bookshelf at home ’til the end of time,” he said.

HBO CEO Richard Plepler told Variety in an interview: “It’s (season 8) a spectacle. The guys have done six movies. The reaction I had while watching them was, ‘I’m watching a movie.'”

Director David Nutter had confirmed that since there are less number of episodes (six in this season), each episode will be feature-length. The last installment of “GOT” airs in April.