As the epic fantasy series Game of Thrones nears its end with the 8th season, fans are now looking forward to the prequel of the series.

George R R Martin, the man behind the story and the author of The Song of Ice and Fire – the book series on which the HBO show is based, officially announced the title of the prequel.

The 70-year-old author took to his blog to reveal a few details about the forthcoming show.

“Casting is now underway for THE LONG NIGHT, the first of the GAME OF THRONES successor series to ordered to film,” Martin wrote.

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Earlier this week, Naomi Watts was introduced as the lead of the forthcoming show. She will be playing a “charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret”. Josh Whitehouse too joined the ensemble cast. However, the details of their character are not known yet.

The author also said that showrunner Jane Goldman is “neck deep in casting” and he expects some more names to be announced soon.

Speaking of the other prequels of Game of Thrones, Martin said, “I can’t tell you the subject matter of those projects, no, sorry, wish I could.”

The finale season of Game of Thrones premieres next year.