Who will Naomi Watts play in the Game of Thrones prequel?


Naomi Watts will take the lead role in the Game of Thrones prequel and she could play a descendant of an ancient, familiar house.

HBO announced yesterday that they cast Naomi Watts as the star of the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel.

My reaction? Stunned.

Look, I’m not saying I’m unhappy at all about Watts’ casting. I’m just surprised they chose such a big star is all.

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Watts is a huge, A-list star. She’s a two-time Oscar nominee who is mainly known as a movie actress. And part of the reason I think the original Game of Thrones was such a success is that the cast was made up of mostly unknowns.

But it doesn’t mean I am not intrigued as to what led to her being tapped to appear in one of the most anticipated series ever.

We don’t know who exactly she will play yet, but HBO said that Watts would play someone who is “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.”

The Game of Thrones prequel will take place thousands of years before the current series, which ends next year. The creator of the books in which the series is based on, George R. R. Martin said he would love for the prequel to be called The Long Night. He said,

"“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.”"

And while Watts is known for having golden blonde locks, we can’t assume she will play a descendant of a Targaryens because the prequel will be taking place thousands of years before the Targaryen takeover.

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But another house with similar blonde hair, the Lannisters are an ancient house and existed when the prequel is supposed to take place. So, maybe she will be playing Cersei Lannister’s great (x500) grandmother.

Who do you think Naomi Watts will play in the Game of Thrones prequel?

Source: Esquire