HBO's abandoned Game of Thrones spin-off, "The Long Night," has resurfaced with a surprising glimpse five years after its cancellation.

According to GamesRadar, Flora Moody, the hair and makeup designer, shared several photos on Instagram featuring actress Naomi Watts in costume and on set. The prequel series, set millennia before Game of Thrones and centered on the apocalypse of the Age of Heroes, was axed following a pilot that failed to match the grandeur of the original series.

While Moody's post primarily showcases Watts' appearance, it also provides a fleeting glance at one of the sets. In the photo, Watts stands in costume against a backdrop reminiscent of Game of Thrones. A stone carving behind her depicts a scene of a horse and chariot, with men engaged in combat against what appears to be a lion, set within a grand hall.Image

While Moody's post serves as the initial glimpse of "The Long Night" spin-off, it may also mark its final appearance. The series was axed in 2019, predating the confirmation of "House of the Dragon" for HBO.

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"In 2022, former WarnerMedia chairman Robert Greenblatt remarked, 'It wasn’t unwatchable or horrible or anything. It was very well produced and looked extraordinary. But it didn’t take me to the same place as the original series. It didn’t have that depth and richness that the original series’ pilot did.'"

The cast featured Josh Whitehouse, Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sheila Atim, Ivanno Jeremiah, Georgie Henley, Alex Sharp, and Toby Regbo. Directed by S.J. Clarkson, the pilot episode alone incurred a staggering $30 million expense for HBO.