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Naomi Watts is in the 'Game of Thrones' Prequel

What are the odds she's a Lannister?
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Game of Thrones isn't typically a show that delivers good news. It's a show about constant debilitating disappointment, and I, for one, have already begun to expect this from the upcoming prequel shows that I will certainly watch with unhealthy fervor. But, though the first HBO prequel is still a long way away, I'm here to deliver some very early, and very good news about it. 

Naomi Watts will star in the upcoming prequel, playing a character who is “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.” 

While that's all we know about her character so far it's never too early to wildly speculate about everything Game of Thrones-related. 

Taking place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, the show "chronicles 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." 

George R.R. Martin himself has said that he would want to call the series The Long Night, which is when "the White Walkers descended upon Westeros from the farthest north, the polar regions of the Lands of Always Winter. The conflict that arose from the Long Night is known as the War for the Dawn as the White Walkers sought to bring an end to all life and to cover the world in an endless winter." 

This all took place thousands of years before the Targaryen conquest, so it's unlikely that noted-blonde person Naomi Watts will be playing an ancestor of the famously blonde Targaryen family.  However, given that that Lannister family is one of the ancient houses that were around at the time this prequel takes place, it's possible that Watts could be playing one of the first Lannister noblewomen. 

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And until there are more details released, you can't prove me wrong.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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