The anticipated Game of Thrones spin-off from HBO has a strong Disney Plus vibe about it


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In terms of television, HBO has long been the undisputed monarch of the Seven Kingdoms, but the network is obviously borrowing ideas from Disney Plus in its effort to make the most of its most valuable intellectual property (IP).

HBO has reportedly started early development on a new Game of Thrones spin-off focusing on fan favourite character Jon Snow, according to a recent report from The Hollywood Reporter(opens in new tab). The unfinished project, which would be the first instalment of George R. R. Martin’s popular fantasy series, has Kit Harington committed to returning in his previous role.


The unannounced show would join six other Game of Thrones-related HBO projects already in development if it were to move further. On August 21, HBO Max will premiere House of the Dragon, a prequel series centred on the early Targaryen dynasty.

It’s important to note that neither HBO nor Harington have commented on the project, but THR has a history of confirming the production of major motion pictures and television programmes before they are formally announced.

The new series would probably begin right where the controversial season 8 end of Game of Thrones left off, with Snow banished from Westeros and starting again with the Wildlings beyond the Wall. The actual identity of Snow—Aegon Targaryen, the legitimate heir to the Iron Throne—was also made known at the conclusion of Game of Thrones season 7.


Other well-known Game of Thrones characters like Tyrion Lannister, Arya Stark, and Brienne of Tarth might potentially make a comeback in this timeframe.

In any case, HBO’s ambitions to broaden the appeal of Game of Thrones show that it has taken a cue from Disney, its second-largest streaming competition. The latter studio has chosen to create character-focused shows based on its profitable Star Wars and Marvel franchises, such as Wandavision, Loki, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and others, which have been extremely effective in luring new Disney Plus customers.

The Game of Thrones universe has never seen anything like a Jon Snow-led spin-off series; in contrast, HBO’s other Thrones projects, including the live-action series 9 Voyages and the animated prequel The Golden Empire, concentrate on certain dynasties or eras in Westeros’ vast history.


Additionally, HBO can afford to take this strategy. Studios only have to pay the character actor in issue one hefty payday because to limited series focused on isolated characters. Actors like Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, and Kit Harington, for example, reportedly made $500,000 per episode in Game of Thrones’ latter seasons. In contrast, multi-season dramas like Game of Thrones have enormous casts that are exponentially more expensive as they gain popularity.

An Ice and Fire reception

Naturally, more Game of Thrones doesn’t always equal better Game of Thrones, and fans have already shown their displeasure on social media in response to HBO’s most recent plans.

“Not a smart move. There is nothing more to say about his story now that we have it, one Twitter user wrote. There are a lot of other stories out there that don’t feature Jon Snow or take place in this time period. Unless they have a fantastic script, which I doubt. It seems to be a money grab.


Another(opens in new tab) stated, “A character with one of the most boring personalities returning in a timeline where all the entertaining and complex people have been killed out.”

However, not all responses have been unfavourable. I can’t wait to go back to that world and see some of those amazing personalities again, as one Twitter(opens in new tab) user put it. Let’s hope they can make up for the deficiencies of the previous season.

Clearly, a Jon Snow-led Game of Thrones series isn’t a surefire way for HBO to get back on track, and, as programmes like The Book of Boba Fett have shown, nostalgia can only take a bad plot so far.


Without a doubt, though, viewers would tune in to see Harington and his snow-flecked man bun one more time, and it appears that Disney has granted Jon Snow fans’ desire thanks to how they have treated the world’s greatest Jedis and superheroes.

Check out our in-depth guide if you’re eager to learn everything there is to know about HBO’s more recent Game of Thrones series, House of the Dragon. On August 21, the programme will start to stream on HBO Max.


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