Friday, 17 June 2022

HBO developing GAME OF THRONES sequel series about Jon Snow

HBO are developing a Game of Thrones sequel series focusing on the character of Jon Snow. Kit Harington is apparently already in talks to reprise his role.

HBO has previously considered Game of Thrones sequel series focusing on key characters from the original show, but these have not moved beyond the concept stage. All of the other ideas discussed or produced have been prequels. George R.R. Martin has suggested in the past that sequels set after the main story are not something he's really interested in, and he has the power of veto over adaptations. This move suggests that a writer has come up with an approach or idea that has intrigued both HBO and Martin to put it into further development.

Jon Snow was a reasonably popular character on Game of Thrones and Harington was twice nominated for an Emmy for his performance. He has since joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe, playing the role of Dane Whitman (aka Black Knight) in Eternals and is rumoured to be reprising the role in the upcoming Blade film. However, Harington has mostly focused on stage work.

Jon Snow was a key player in all eight seasons of the TV series. In the final episode, he is exiled beyond the Wall and joins the wildlings led by Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju). It is unknown if Hivju would reprise his role as well. Presumably a sequel show would start off with Jon beyond the Wall, but it is unclear if the whole series would be set there or would take Jon back into the Seven Kingdoms or beyond the sea to Essos.

HBO will be launching their first Game of Thrones prequel series, House of the Dragon, on 21 August. They are also working on multiple other pitches and proposals, including The Ten Thousand Ships, The Tales of Dunk & Egg, The Nine Voyages of the Sea Snake and an as-yet untitled show focusing on the eastern empire of Yi Ti. Other proposals, such as a show set in the slums of Flea Bottom and a show about the Valyrian Freehold, appear to have been backburned for the time being.

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