HBO has lengthy been the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms within the tv division, however the community is clearly taking cues from Disney Plus in its quest to maximise its greatest mental property (IP).
In line with a brand new report from The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab), HBO has entered into early growth on a brand new Sport of Thrones spin-off centered on fan-favorite character Jon Snow. Equipment Harington is connected to reprise his position within the fledgling challenge, which might mark the primary sequel to George R. R. Martin’s blockbuster fantasy sequence.
Ought to the unnamed present transfer ahead, it will be a part of six different Sport of Thrones-related tasks at present within the works at HBO. House of the Dragon, a prequel sequence centered on the early days of the Targaryen dynasty, is ready to debut on HBO Max on August 21.
It’s value clarifying that neither HBO nor Harington has commented on the challenge’s existence, however THR has a historical past of confirming the event of upcoming films and TV reveals previous to their official announcement.
The brand new sequence would presumably decide up instantly after the occasions of Thrones’ controversial season 8 finale, which noticed Snow exiled from Westeros to start a brand new life with the Wildlings past the Wall. It was additionally revealed, on the finish of Sport of Thrones season 7, that Snow’s true identify is Aegon Targaryen, rightful inheritor to the Iron Throne.
This timeline would additionally allow the potential return of different widespread Sport of Thrones characters, together with Tyrion Lannister, Arya Stark and Brienne of Tarth.
In any case, HBO’s plans to additional diversify Sport of Thrones suggests it is realized from the technique employed by its second-biggest streaming rival, Disney. The latter studio has opted to develop character-focused sequence primarily based in its profitable Star Wars and Marvel properties – Wandavision, Loki, Obi-Wan Kenobi and so forth – which have confirmed invaluable for attracting new subscribers to Disney Plus.
A Jon Snow-led spin-off sequence would mark the primary of its variety for the Sport of Thrones universe, with HBO’s different in-development Thrones tasks – such because the live-action sequence 9 Voyages and animated prequel The Golden Empire – focusing as an alternative on explicit dynasties or intervals of time in Westeros’ lengthy historical past.
This method additionally makes monetary sense for HBO. Restricted sequence centered on remoted characters imply studios solely need to fork out one giant paycheck for the character actor in query. A number of-season reveals like Sport of Thrones, then again, boast giant casts that develop infinitely costlier as they construct reputation – actors Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke and Harington, for example, reportedly made $500,000 per episode in Sport of Thrones’ latter seasons.
A reception of Ice and Fireplace
Naturally, extra Sport of Thrones doesn’t essentially imply good Sport of Thrones – and followers have already taken to social media to protest towards HBO’s newest plans.
“Not a good suggestion. We bought his story, there’s nothing left to inform,” wrote one Twitter (opens in new tab) person. “There are many different tales that don’t contain Jon Snow and aren’t set on this period. Until they’ve some superb script, however I doubt it. Looks like a money seize.”
“A personality with one of the vital boring personalities returning in a timeline the place all of the enjoyable and sophisticated characters have been killed off,” another (opens in new tab) wrote.
The reception hasn’t all been detrimental, thoughts. As one Twitter (opens in new tab) person defined: “I can’t wait to revisit that world and see a few of these nice characters once more. Right here’s hoping they’ll redeem the ultimate season’s shortcomings.”
Evidently, then, a Jon Snow-led Sport of Thrones sequence isn’t a assured path to redemption for HBO – and, as reveals like The Book of Boba Fett have confirmed, nostalgia will solely carry a poorly conceived story up to now.
There may be, nonetheless, little doubt that thousands and thousands would tune in to see Harington and his snow-flecked man bun yet another time – and Disney’s remedy of the world’s favourite Jedis and superheroes appears to have given Jon Snow followers their want.
If you happen to’re eager to delve into every part we all know up to now about HBO’s extra instant Sport of Thrones sequence, Home of the Dragon, try our comprehensive guide. The present begins streaming on HBO Max on August 21.