There was never any question whether or not HBO would return to Westeros. The only question was often the network would. George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire features thousands of years of backstories and lore spread across multiple continents. But one thing seemed certain about any potential Game of Thrones spinoff – it would be a prequel. Well we can forget that. A new report says HBO is developing a Jon Snow sequel series with Kit Harington returning.
The Hollywood Reporter‘s James Hibberd, author of the behind-the-scenes Game of Thrones book Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon, has proven just how true that is. According to him, HBO is currently developing a show about Jon Snow set after the hit HBO series. That’s if the series moves forward. The working title is Snow. We also learned from Emilia Clarke that this idea comes from Kit Harington (George R.R. Martin confirmed it; he’ll be a producer on the series). She told the BBC:
“It’s been created by Kit as far as I can understand, so he’s in it from the ground up. So what you will be watching, hopefully, if it happens, is certified by Kit Harington.”
In Jon Snow’s final moments he went to live beyond the Wall with the wildlings. But considering his true identity as Aegon Targaryen, rightful heir to Westeros, it’s easy to imagine why he’d return. Events in the Seven Kingdoms could result in him returning south. That would also make it possible for any and all surviving characters from Game of Thrones to return.
House of the Dragon, a prequel set 150 years before Thrones, will premiere on HBO this August. This latest project is merely the latest of the many—and we do mean many—other Game of Thrones spinoffs HBO is currently considering. However, this is the first that would take place after the series. It would completely upend what was always promised to be the end of that story.
Would HBO have ever considered a sequel if the original show’s final two seasons had proven more successful with fans? It’s easy to say no, but wildly popular IPs have a tendency to rise from the dead again and again like Beric Dondarrion. And since Jon Snow himself came back from the grave once, we really shouldn’t be that surprised.
Originally published on June 17, 2022.