It’s no secret that Disney Plus is giving advice to HBO on how to monetize its most valuable intellectual property, which has long been the network’s domain as king of the television airwaves (IP).
News from The Hollywood Reporter claims that HBO is already working on a Game of Thrones spin-off series featuring fan favorite Jon Snow. Kit Harington is set to reprise his role in the embryonic project, which would be the first sequel to George RR Martin’s famous fantasy series.
The unannounced program would join the other six Game of Thrones-related projects presently in development at HBO if it were to go through. A prequel series on the Targaryen dynasty’s early years, House of the Dragon, will premiere on HBO Max on August 21.
THR has a history of revealing the development of new movies and TV series before they are officially announced, but neither HBO nor Harington have remarked on the project’s existence.
Season 9 of Game of Thrones is expected to resume off just where the contentious season 8 ending left off, with Snow banished to the Wildlings beyond the Wall. Snow’s actual name is Aegon Targaryen, the legitimate heir to the Iron Throne, which was revealed at the conclusion of the seventh season of Game of Thrones.
Tyrion Lannister, Arya Stark, and Brienne of Tarth might all potentially return in this reality, as well as other prominent Game of Thrones characters.
In any event, HBO’s ambitions to broaden the appeal of Game of Thrones show the studio has taken a page from Disney’s playbook. With shows like Wandavision, Loki, and Obi-Wan Kenobi, as well as others based on Disney’s popular Star Wars and Marvel franchises, the latter studio has been successful in luring new customers to Disney Plus.
In contrast to other Game of Thrones projects in development, such as the live-action series 9 Voyages and its animated prequel, The Golden Empire, which will focus on specific dynasties or periods of time in Westeros’ long history, an independent Jon Snow- led series would be a first for the series universe.
HBO’s business model is likewise in line with this strategy. Only one substantial salary is required for the character actor in limited series based on isolated characters. When it comes to long-running programs like Game of Thrones, the cost of the casts grows exponentially as the show gains popularity — actors Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, and Kit Harington, for example, allegedly earned $500,000 each episode in the final seasons.
Naturally, more Game of Thrones doesn’t guarantee better Game of Thrones, and many have already rushed to social media to voice their displeasure at HBO’s intentions.
“It’s a bad idea. One Twitter user remarked, “We’ve had his tale, there’s nothing more to say. “There are several tales that do not include Jon Snow or take place in this time period. Unless, of course, they have a fantastic script, which I really doubt. “It seems to be a money-grab.”
‘A character with one of the most boring personalities returns in a timeline where all the entertaining and nuanced people have been killed off,’ commented another.
It’s important to remember that not everyone has had a negative reaction to the film. Some fans have expressed excitement at the prospect of revisiting the universe and reuniting with some of the beloved characters from the first series. “Let’s hope they can make up for the faults of the last season.”
HBO’s upcoming Game of Thrones series starring Jon Snow isn’t a certain road to redemption, and productions like The Book of Boba Fett have shown that nostalgia can only carry a badly conceived tale so far.
In any event, there is no question that millions of people would tune in to see Harington and his snow-flecked man bun once again — and Disney seems to have granted Jon Snow fans their desire.
House of the Dragon, HBO’s upcoming Game of Thrones spin-off, is the subject of a full guide on our site. On August 21, the program will begin streaming on HBO Max.
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