'Game of Thrones' Prequel Series Names S.J. Clarkson Director, Fills Out Cast

With 2019 dawning, the end of HBO's Game of Thrones draws near. The high fantasy drama series will be premiering its 8th and final season sometime in April, but the television saga based on George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire Series" is far from over.

HBO has been hard at work developing a prequel series, reportedly set thousands of years before the action of Game of Thrones.

S.J. Clarkson has made history as the first female director for a "Star Trek" feature film.

As of today, we know that S.J. Clarkson (the first female director to tackle a Star Trek franchise film) will be handling the pilot episode of the yet-unnamed-but-Martin-calls-it-"The Long Night"-series from the director's chair, as well as serving in an executive producer role.

In addition to that, Variety says the cast has been rounded out as well, with Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sheila Atim, Ivanno Jeremiah, Georgie Henley, Alex Sharp, and Toby Regbo joining already announced talent Naomi Watts and Josh Whitehouse.

We will of course let you know what else we hear officially from HBO about the Game of Thrones prequel series.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

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