The prequel series to “Game of Thrones” is starting to come together, just as fans await the final season of the show. It has been confirmed that actress Naomi Watts will star as the lead in the pilot to the new HBO prequel show.

Jane Goldman, the screenwriter for the new HBO show, has said the new story is set in an era thousands of years prior to the events in the “Game of Thrones” series. The new series is based on a story by the author, George R.R. Martin.

‘Game of Thrones’ prequel series to star Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts has been nominated for two Oscars in the past and is well known for her roles in “The Ring,” “Mulholland Drive” and “The Impossible.” She will be heading up the all-new cast, playing the role of a socialite who has a hidden secret.

Possibly, her background in thrillers could give a hint as to where the story will go in the world of Westeros.

Casey Bloys, the programming president for HBO, told Deadline that Watt’s character will not be the only female lead. Bloys said there will be some “very strong female characters,” but also some strong male characters in the story. Bloys said they didn’t want to limit Goldman to writing only female leads, adding that in the pilot there are several complicated lead characters.

The Hollywood Reporter quoted Bloys as saying that should they receive the go-ahead following the pilot episode, the full prequel series will not air for at least a year after the end of the final season of “Game of Thrones.” We will just have to be patient and wait, as usual.

Prequel to ‘Game of Thrones’ will reveal answers

There is not much information so far as to the plot, but HBO has revealed that the new show is set as the halcyon Age of Heroes declines, leaving the characters facing an uncertain and dark future. HBO has also teased that questions that are unresolved at the end of the upcoming final season of the show will be answered in the prequel.

The network said in a statement that there is only one thing for certain; the true origin of the White Walkers, horrifying secrets in the history of Westeros, the legends of the Starks and the mysteries about the East will be revealed.

They added that it will not be the story viewers think they know.

According to Martin, this is not the only possible prequel to the story. He stated in 2017 there are several potential shows ahead, although they might not have the same showrunners involved. Meanwhile, the final season of “Game of Thrones” is set to premiere during 2019.