Winter is returning to the small screen sometime soon if a new report that a sequel series to the global smash hit Game of Thrones following the subsequent adventures of beloved but ever-so-tortured bastard Jon Snow is, in fact, true.
In an exclusive scoop, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that HBO is in the early development stage of a live-action sequel series to its insanely popular fantasy drama. If this reported project were to be picked up, it would be the network’s eighth show set in the fictional continents of Westeros, Essos, and Sothoryos; so far, this is known to be the only sequel project to follow any of the key characters from the series’ eight-season run, which received 164 Primetime Emmy Award nominations and led to its cast, producers and crew taking home a record 59 statues. THR said that HBO and Kit Harrington, who portrayed Jon Snow on the series, declined to comment when contacted for the report.
Harrington, who was twice-nominated for the Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series Emmy for his portrayal of Snow, is attached to star in the series, THR reports. Since GoT came to its brutal and divisive conclusion, Harrington has had only a few screen and stage roles—in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a role in Chloé Zhao’s Eternals and in a production of Henry V at the National Theater in London. He launched his screen acting career with his portrayal of the strong-willed but tragedy-afflicted Snow. And what a devastating finish it was for the fan-favorite character.
(Here there be spoilers…for a series that concluded three years ago)
As GoT concluded, Snow—who had already watched one true love die horribly in season 4, learned that he was actually the heir to the Iron Throne; this knowledge that he was truly Aegon Targaryen came with the uncomfortable fact that his new lover, Daenerys Targaryen, is actually his auntie. Then the verdict came in: Bran Stark, who Snow thought was his adoptive brother but was, in fact, his first cousin, was handed the Iron Throne and he was exiled North of the Wall with the Wildlings because he had placed a dagger through his true love’s heart to save Westeros from her madness.
What sort of Snow adventures a potential new series would follow is, of course, anyone’s guess. But there are certainly opportunities for the re-emergence of some of the beloved characters who survived the relentless murders for which the series became notorious. It’s certainly hard to imagine producers wasting an opportunity to have Peter Dinklage’s Tyrion Lannister appear on screen again, right? Or maybe even Lady Stoneheart could at long last make an appearance to torment the poor bastard Stark child.
The forthcoming Thrones HBO Universe will begin in earnest on August 21 with the premiere of House of the Dragon, a prequel series set 200 years prior to the action of GoT that follows the high drama of a civil war within House Targaryen. Also in development are 10,000 Ships (aka Nymeria); 9 Voyages (aka The Sea Snake); Dunk and Egg; The Golden Empire, an animated series, and two other yet-to-be-titled animated prequel series… about which we know nothing.
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