Well, Game of Thrones has now finally come to a close, with the internet absolutely hating/adoring (delete as applicable) the show’s concluding episode. Now, we have some confirmation on what we won’t see from the new Thrones shows in development.
First and foremost, there are indeed certain spoilers for Game of Thrones’ final episode in this story, so, y’know, you’ve been warned. With that in mind then…
Given how Thrones concluded, many fans have been hopeful that we’d get to see the further adventures of certain characters – mainly Arya Stark and Jon Snow – but HBO’s Casey Bloys has ruled out any such follow-on series.
Speaking to Deadline, Bloys explained, “I understand where that comes from, I totally get it, but in terms of wanting to be careful not overdoing it or not killing the goose that lays the golden egg, Dan [Weiss] and David [Benoiff]’s show as it stands is eight seasons. I want to leave it as its own work of art and not have shows directly [following that], [such as] having Arya do that. I think it’s best to try the prequels in other areas of George’s massive universe. [That] just feels like the right thing to do, let the show stand on its own.”
Previously, there were four Game of Thrones spinoff/prequel shows in various stages of development. Bloys has clarified, however, that there is now only one show that HBO is moving forward with currently. That is the Jane Goldman and George R.R. Martin to-be-titled offering that will be set thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones.
Production on the pilot episode of that series is due to start next month, with Naomi Watts, John Simm and Miranda Richardson just three of the names already signed on for that show. After that, there is still the possibility of other Thrones series being explored.
So the long and short of it is, don’t be expecting to see how Arya’s trip to find out what lies west of Westeros plays out, don’t be expecting to see how Sansa as Queen of the North plays out, don’t be expecting to see how Bran as the King of the Six Kingdoms plays out, and don’t be expecting to see how Jon Snow and his Wildlings pals get on.
Whether you were satisfied with how Game of Thrones’ final season or not, there’s no disputing that this has been a show for the ages that offered up some of the greatest television that we’ve ever seen.