House of the Dragon, the first spin off from HBO’s highly successful series Game of Thrones aired for the first time last week and wasted no time at all in setting new records, something its parent show was always known for. The premiere episode was watched by about 10 million viewers, the highest HBO has ever recorded for an original series, and has already been renewed for a second season at the cable network.
The Thrones’ universe was spun from books written by legendary fantasy author George R. R Martin and one of the many beauties of his books is that there are still many stories left to tell. From Aegon’s Conquest (my personal favorite) to The Long Night to Robert’s Rebellion amongst several others, the creative minds in HBO’s camp finally settled on the Dance of Dragons – a tale of the civil war within House Targaryen that marked the beginning of their end – to kick off a long list of planned spin-offs.
House of the Dragon was not the first spin off series planned and it won’t be the last either. Here’s what we know about future Game of Thrones spin-offs, including the one that was cancelled.
In 2018, HBO announced it was in the process of making the first spin-off show in the Game of Thrones universe, which it titled Bloodmoon. The series was to be set 8,000 years before the events of GOT and was set to cover The Age of Heroes and the events leading up to The Long Night. The spin-off was headed by Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass) and was going to feature Emmy Award nominee Naomi Watts in the lead role and a pilot was shot. Sadly, the series never saw the light of day as it was cancelled regardless of the 35million dollars that went into producing the pilot episode.
According to several reports, the reason HBO decided not to proceed with the BloodMoon sequel was because there wasn’t much source material from the books as the long night was only mentioned sparsely and even then, it was described as an unreliable legend. The direct implication was that the creators of the show would have to create their own narrative for the show and, well, we all know how that turned out the last time.
According to the chairman of HBO parent company WarnerMedia at the time, Robert Greenblatt, “the show wasn’t unwatchable or horrible or anything, it was just lacking a certain magic that the original series’ pilot had”
SNOW: THE JON SNOW SPIN OFF
George RR Martin confirmed sometime in June 2022 that a spin-off series centered around Jon Snow was in development at HBO. The show which was pitched by Kit Harrington is said to explore the life of the fan favorite character after the events of Game of Thrones. Last we saw Jon Snow, he had just found out he was a Targaryen, and was sent to live out the rest of his days in the Night’s watch for killing the queen.
So far, Snow is the only spin-off in development that is set after Game of Thrones, which means we could have cameo appearances from characters still standing at the end of the show.
In an interview for a blog George RR Martin when asked about the show said, “yes, it was Kit Harrignton who brought the idea to us. I cannot tell you the names of the writers / showrunners, since that has not been cleared for release yet… but Kit brought them in too, his own team, and they’re terrific.”
THE TALE OF DUNK AND EGG
HBO is also developing a spin off show from George R.R Martin’s Tales of Dunk and Egg. The Hedge Knight in Legends, The Sword in Legends 2 and The Mystery Knight in Warriors are three novellas written by Martin between 1998 and 2010 collectively referred to as “Tales of Dunk and Egg”. The novellas are set 90 years before the events of the events of A Song of Ice and Fire, the book from which Game of Thrones was adapted and it explores the adventures of Ser Duncan “Dunk” the Tall and his squire Aegon “Egg” V Targaryen.
Reports say that Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness) is already developing the script.
NINE VOYAGES OF THE SEA SNAKE
Nine Voyages of the Sea Snake will be a direct prequel to House of The Dragon and explores the backstory of Lord Corlys Vaelaryon also known as the Sea Snake with HOTD actor Steve Toussaint set to reprise his role. It follows the adventures of a young Lord Corlys as he ventures through Westeros and the other three continents of the known world and he garners his wealth through these expeditions.
According to multiple reports it’s the only series to have been fully developed.
Yet another prequel spin off, 10,000 ships follows the tale of the mighty Princess Nymeria and would be set at least a thousand years before Game of Thrones. If it does come to fruition, the series would probably follow how Princess Nymeria fled her home country Rhoynar to Dorne and her establishment of supremacy over Dorne together with her husband Lord Mors Martell.
A scene in the first episode of House of The Dragon already teased the spin off which affirmed to fans that the spin-off will happen sometime in the future.
Game of Thrones animated series
As per several reports, three Game of Thrones animated series are in development at HBO. THREE! George R.R Martin in a blog post on his official website confirmed that one of the animated series will be set in a place called “Yi Yi” a region in the easternmost area of the continent of Essos. According to him the working title for the animated series is The Golden Empire. All animated shows are reported to be built for an adult audience and would be similar to Game Of Thrones as per multiple reports.
The Game of Thrones play
The last on the list and perhaps the one viewers didn’t see coming was the stage play set to open sometime in 2023.
Although no casting announcement has been made public it was confirmed a while back that the stage play would feature many of the iconic characters from the Game of Thrones TV series.
Some plot details were revealed in a press release that reads: “Set at a pivotal moment in the history of the series, the play will for the first time take audiences deeper behind the scenes of a landmark event that previously was shrouded in mystery.”
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