HBO is developing a Game of Thrones: Jon Snow sequel series.
Another Game of Thrones spinoff is in the works at HBO, but this one isn’t set in Westeros’ past. According to reports, HBO is working on another series that will serve as a sort of sequel to the groundbreaking fantasy series, focusing on none other than fan-favorite character Jon Snow. The Hollywood Reporter reported on Monday night that the show is in the works, with original Game of Thrones star Kit Harington set to reprise his role.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network has begun work on its first sequel to its blockbuster fantasy drama, a live-action spin-off series centered on fan-favorite character Jon Snow.
If a series is developed, Kit Harington is expected to reprise the role. The actor received two Emmy nominations for his portrayal of an action hero who struggles to uphold his family’s noble values in a brutal world.
HBO has experimented with a variety of spinoffs in the time since Game of Thrones’ much-maligned final season. Some are still in the works, while others have been abandoned, including one that shot a pilot but was not picked up. The only spinoff that has made it to series is House of the Dragon, which will debut in August.
In the final season of Game of Thrones, Jon Snow discovered his true identity as Aegon Targaryan, the Iron Throne’s heir. After assassinating Daenarys to remove her from power, Jon chose exile, traveling north of the Wall to live with the Wildlings.
There has been no word on who will be on the new series’ creative team, or which other characters may return. Tormund Giantsbane, Jon’s close Wilding ally and one of the most beloved characters among fans, was with Snow at the series. It would be reasonable to expect him to return in some capacity. Other surviving characters include Jon’s adopted sisters Sansa and Arya Stark, the former of whom was dubbed the ruler of the North.
“We developed a lot of ideas, and we’re still developing a lot of ideas, and I think we’re really excited about the one that will air later this summer,” HBO’s VP of original programming Kara Buckley said earlier this month of Game of Thrones. “But we don’t feel compelled to create another one unless it’s extremely creatively stimulating to us. At least, that’s my job. And that’s what we’re told to focus on as a team.”
Harington has appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, co-starring in 2021’s Eternals, since completing his work across eight seasons of Thrones. He also recently played Henry V in the National Theater’s live production of the play. On Game of Thrones, he was known for enduring some of the show’s most difficult filming, including the final season’s infamous 11 weeks of winter night shoots in Northern Ireland.
The move marks an intriguing new direction in HBO’s handling of author George R.R. Martin’s fantasy universe, similar to Disney+’s handling of its Star Wars and Marvel brands, where the streamer has found success launching character-focused sequel series such as WandaVision (starring Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (with Ewan McGregor reprising his iconic role).
Perhaps most daringly, the project would upend Thrones’ final season as the final word on the fates of the surviving characters in HBO’s most popular and Emmy-winning series of all time. In theory, the project could pave the way for other surviving characters from the Game of Thrones universe, such as Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), and Brienne of Tarth (Brienne of Tarth) (Gwendoline Christie).
This means that, in addition to the upcoming House of the Dragon prequel series, which premieres on August 21, there are now seven Thrones projects in the works. Dragon is set about 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones and tells the story of a civil war within House Targaryen.
10,000 Ships (a.k.a. Nymeria) with showrunner Amanda Segel, 9 Voyages (a.k.a. The Sea Snake) with showrunner Bruno Heller, and Dunk and Egg with showrunner Steve Conrad are among HBO’s other live-action prequels in various stages of development.
Three animated prequel projects are also in the works, including The Golden Empire, which is set in the China-inspired land of Yi Ti.
HBO and Harington’s representatives were unavailable for comment.
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