Deadline broke the news today that Poldark‘s Josh Whitehouse will join Naomi Watts in Jane Goldman‘s upcoming Game of Thrones prequel pilot for HBO. The series, referred to as The Long Night on George R.R. Martin‘s blog, is one of several possible spin-offs Game of Thrones fans are hoping will come to fruition. 

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As with Watts, the nature of Whitehouse’s character is as-yet undisclosed, although The Hollywood Reporter says it’s “a key role, though not the central male lead.”

Variety reported of The Long NightTaking place thousands of years before the events of “Game of Thrones,” Goldman’s project chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend–it’s not the story we think we know.

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HBO programming president Casey Bloys told THR in January the following about the potential GOT spin-offs: “There are five of them. If we do a pilot and series, nothing is going to air on HBO until at least a year after the final season.”

Josh Whitehouse fans needn’t wait until 2020 to see the young actor on screen. He’s appearing in Series 4 of Poldark on PBS (or streaming on Amazon) now.


Leona Laurie