After the eighth season of Game of Thrones, there were whispers that a spin-off series based on Jon Snow’s (Kit Harrington) experiences would be in the works. The Game of Thrones books’ author, George R.R. Martin, has divulged some intriguing details.
Martin verified the show’s existence in an entry on his own blog(opens in new tab). In addition, it appears that Kit Harrington came up with the idea for the whole thing.
Emilia Clarke, as Daenerys Targaryen in the BBC interview, has confirmed Martin’s statement (opens in new tab). According to Clarke, “It was created by Kit, as far as I can tell, so he’s in it from the ground up. As a result, you can rest assured that whatever you’re about to see has been approved by none other than Kit Harington himself.
In spite of this, Clarke isn’t expected to appear in the show herself. That’s what she told the BBC when they asked if she’d consider returning to her most well-known role. Daenerys’ appearance in a program set after the last season of Game of Thrones would be completely out of character.
Jon Snow shot Daenerys to death to stop her from going on a global genocide spree, as has been the fate of so many other Game of Thrones characters before her. To set the stage for the sequel series, he was exiled north of the wall in season finale.
Whether Snow, the show’s working title, will be produced remains to be seen. It’s still in the scripting stage, just like three previous Game of Thrones spin-offs: 10,000 Ships (a.k.a. Nymeria), The Hedge Knight (based on Martin’s Dunk & Egg novellas), and The Sea Snake (a.k.a (a.k.a 9 Voyages).
Martin isn’t willing to reveal any more information on Snow at this time without HBO’s permission. Just that Harrington came up with the idea, brought in his own team to construct the show, and that team has been visiting Martin’s team in Santa Fe to “hammer out the show,” as Martin put it.
Anything to escape having to pen The Winds of Winter? By the end of his blog, Martin stated that he has not forgotten about the Tyrion chapter and that it is now being written. Nevertheless, I have a suspicion that Snow will premiere on HBO Max ahead of schedule.
First-ever spin-off “House of Dragon” will launch on August 21 on HBO and HBO Max after a successful pilot run.