All throughout HBO’s core Game of Thrones saga, the Powers That Be managed to recruit some truly A-list stars – Charles Dance, Ian McShane, Lena Headey – all the while opening up the stage to newcomers in the vein of Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke, who have since gone on to become bona fide superstars.
That balance between established talents and up-and-coming actors will seemingly carry over into the Thrones prequel series, as one eagle-eyed Instagram user has managed to capture what appears to be the first photo of Naomi Watts in costume. HBO intel has revealed her character to be a “charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret” (how very on-brand), though fans have stipulated that she’ll have ties to the Lannister family tree.
Or, failing that, perhaps Watts is actually portraying Nissa Nissa, the wife of ancient hero Azor Ahai. Diehard Game of Thrones fans will recognize that name as the Lord of Light, who was able to defeat the White Walkers all those years ago with a magical sword – not unlike the one wielded by Beric Dondarrion.
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Whatever the case, this is an exciting tease from the set of HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel series, which will see Watts star alongside the likes of Naomi Ackie, Josh Whitehouse and Harry Potter‘s Miranda Richardson.
— naomi watts source (@nwattsource) July 14, 2019
Currently in development under the working title of ‘Blood Moon,’ the Game of Thrones prequel series is expected to wind back the clock 10,000 years – long before the defining events of A Song of Ice and Fire. It’ll essentially carve out a new chapter in Westerosi lore, and we’re fascinated to see how Naomi Watts and Co. fit into the puzzle.