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The final episodes of Game of Thrones are drawing near and as we count down to the season finale, the franchise is looking to its next instalment. With news confirming Naomi Watts as the leading lady in the upcoming prequel, more reports have surfaced over the rumoured title for the show. Coming straight from the source, author and co-executive producer George R.R. Martin took to his website to reveal the series.

In a post announcing the commencement of casting, Martin coined the successor series, “The Long Night”. According to the post, “Jane Goldman scripted the LONG NIGHT pilot and will be running the show.  She and her team are busy in London right now, neck deep in casting, and I expect some more names will be announced soon.”

And with the possibility of further prequels? “Meanwhile, there are still a couple of other possible prequels in active development. I can’t tell you the subject matter of those projects, no, sorry, wish I could.”

“The Long Night”, is reportedly said to take place “a thousand years” before the beginning of the Game of Thrones storyline, and revolves around “the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darker hour.”

Earlier, HBO programming president took to Deadline, suggesting that the pilot will be in a “very different setting” and “very different time,” that will “feel different”, but of course will be very much a production from GoT.

Now we know the title, stay close for more imminent information on the new series.