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Game of Thrones prequel announces director, cast

Jan 8, 2019, 2:12 PM ET
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During the Golden Globes ceremony on Sunday, HBO released a tiny snippet of new footage for Season 8, in which Sansa says to Daenerys (with Jon Snow watching), "Winterfell is yours, Your Grace." We know who those characters are, where Winterfell is, and what the significance is (if not the sincerity?) of that full statement. We don't, however, know much about the upcoming Game of Thrones spinoff, aside from the fact that it will take place before Game of Thrones during the Age of Heroes, its showrunner is Jane Goldman, and it will star Naomi Watts.

But HBO has just revealed a slew of announcements for the Game of Thrones prequel. The show still has no title, but we have a director for the pilot now -- SJ Clarkson -- and a core cast -- Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sheila Atim, Ivanno Jeremiah, Georgie Henley, Alex Sharp, and Toby Regbo. You may not recognize all the names, but the new cast and crew seemingly comes from all parts of the pop culture universe, with various roles in Star Trek, Star Wars, Twilight, Black Mirror, Narnia, and Fantastic Beasts, among other things. Furthermore, Bower is technically a Game of Thrones alum; he played Ser Waymar Royce in the show's original pilot. Check out the Entertainment Weekly article for photos of the new crew and their credits.

Unsurprisingly, we have no idea who the new characters will be, but the network and the media outlets are making a big deal about the prequel's diversity. With this in mind, do you have a guess as to where in the world of Westeros the prequel might take place? Do you think some of the new characters will be related, or will they not even know each other at the start of the show? Do you prefer not knowing anything about the new show, or was it more fun last time around because you were already familiar with the characters being cast?

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Warning: Discussions are not subject to scope. That is, commenters can and often do discuss events from the most recent A Song of Ice and Fire book and/or Game of Thrones episode.

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