For the foreseeable future, HBO’s lineup will be like Westeros during the Long Summer: No sign of Snow.
Game of Thrones‘ reportedly in-the-works spinoff centered on Kit Harington’s character is nowhere near to getting an official go-ahead from the network, HBO CEO and chairman Casey Bloys recently said. In fact, none of the saga’s potential offshoots are.
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“We always have Game of Thrones scripts in development. We greenlit Dunk and Egg in the spring,” he said, referring to the series order for A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight, which is based on Thrones author George R.R. Martin’s Dunk and Egg novellas.
However, the immensely popular show’s other potential spinoffs — none of which the premium cabler has officially recognized, we should point out — have a Long Night ahead of them… if they ever see production at all.
“I wouldn’t say there is anything else in that world that is close to a green light or anything,” Bloys added, “but we are always working on different scripts and ideas.”
In 2021, Bloys stressed that the Game of Thrones spinoff concepts that would move forward would be the ones that are the strongest based on several measures.
“Obviously, we know George has this incredible world with all of this really rich and complicated history and all of these characters,” he told TVLine at the time. “So we’ve been trying to be thoughtful about what are the stories that are worth telling. What would be exciting? What would fans love?” he said. “Dunk and Egg is one of those, but not the only one.”
Martin made news in June 2023 by confirming that Harington would reprise his Thrones role in a series about Jon Snow aka Aegon Targaryen. He said the show’s working title was Snow, and that Harington was deeply involved in the project. Harington’s co-star, Emilia Clarke, later said that he had told her about it “and I know it exists. It’s happening.”
Other Thrones spinoffs reportedly in the works at HBO include a prequel focused on the reign of Aegon I Targaryen; a Nymeria-centric series; and a drama about Velaryon.
In related news: Bloys also said that A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight likely will start shooting in Spring 2024 “pending the SAG strike resolution.” — With reporting by Matt Webb Mitovich
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