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The 'Game Of Thrones' Prequel Just Named Its Cast Of 'Rising Stars'—And There Are Some Familiar Faces In The Bunch

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Okay, Game of Thrones fans, it's time to that thing you do, freak out and fill everyone's Facebook feed with non-stop GoT news! The cast list for the prequel is announced and, it's full of faces you've seen before--and even more exciting, the keyword seems to be: diversity!

First up, the show will have a female showrunner and pilot director: Jane Goldman, the writer of the films X-Men: First Class and Kick Ass will helm the show. For the pilot, she'll be joined by British director SJ Clarkson, who's previously helmed Orange Is the New Black, Jessica Jones and Bates Motel, among may other shows.

And when it comes to the cast, the show is bringing us some up-and-comers sure to become household names--and they're making Age of Heroes-era Westeros a more diverse place!

So where have you seen these folks? Among the cast are Black British actors Naomi Ackie, an alum of the British series The Bisexual who will be playing a leading role in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX; award-winning British theater actress Sheila Atim, who you may recognize from Hulu's Harlots; and Ivanno Jeremiah, who's appeared in Black Mirror and AMC's Humans.

Joining them will be other faces you may recognize: Irish stage actress Denise Gough; Jamie Campbell Bower, an alum of the Twilight Saga; Georgie Henley, who's appeared in the Disney Narnia films; Alex Sharp, who starred in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; and Tony Regbo, from Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

But there's one castmember who's a downright legend. Drumroll please...

Naomi Watts will be adding the Game of Thrones prequel to her multiple Oscar-, Golden Globe- and Screen Actors Guild Awards-nominated resume. Maybe she's gunning to add an Emmy nod to that illustrious list!

On social media, as always with all things GOT, fans were barely able to contain their excitement!

Very little is know about the story of the prequel, except that it takes place thousands of years before the Game of Thrones we now know and love. But whatever the plot, the inclusion of actors of color and female leadership behind the scenes seems to signal a new direction for the franchise, which has often been criticized for its lack of diversity and the treatment of women in its stories. So, here's to progress!

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When asked what they bought him, u/GeekyKirby replied:

I pre-ordered him a game [Kingdom Hearts III], and bought him a shirt and a book he wanted :) ...I also filled up his living room floor with balloons...

It seems minor mischief is a common theme in their relationship:

Thank you. :) At this point, I can't really surprise my boyfriend anymore. And I try lol. Like the time I secretly put googly eyes on everything in his fridge...

Users were impressed by u/GeekyKirby's piping skills. Also, the hate for fondant is real!

Nicely done and without fondant! r/FondantHate - Patiod
Today was a bad day on reddit if you genuinely want fondant to not be a thing. Just kidding. But fuck fondant, for real. - mimomusic
We over at r/fondanthate love your buttercream meme! - cherrylpk
This is one of the best things I've ever seen on Reddit! - backfromthedead
You're a very thoughtful and creative girlfriend! <3 - mediaclone
I'd have a hard time eating this, very cute. - FrontierFrance210
A meme!?!?!? On a cake!?!??!?!?!?!Now i've seen everything! - Indetermination

A few were also a bit envious.

This cake looks AWESOME, great job!
Side note: Here's hoping that 2019 will bless me with some manflesh to do nice things like this for too 🤞🏽- black_heart85
Hehe this gave me a good chuckle this morning. Now wish I had a boyfriend so I could do this to them. - MidnightMadness21

Making something for someone is a great way to show them you love them.

The best birthday present I ever got was from a girl who baked me a cake secretly. So thanks for doing that for him, I know I'd feel great about it. - Levitr0n

Others have found inventive ways to use the meme as well:



Latte Art:

Even An Essay:

The fact that Surprised Pikachu is still around in 2019 really speaks to its universal appeal and ease of use. People will surely keep coming up with inventive ways to use the meme.

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