HBO’s Head of Drama Casts Doubt on Anticipated Game of Thrones Spin-Off
HBO’s highly anticipated Game of Thrones spin-off, centered around the character Jon Snow, may not see the light of day, according to Francesca Orsi, the network’s Head of Drama and Programming. In an interview with Deadline, Orsi revealed that the Jon Snow-oriented spin-off, which was announced last year with Kit Harington set to reprise his role, is still in the process of being greenlit.
Orsi explained that while HBO is actively collaborating with the writers to move the spin-off forward, there has been no official decision on whether it will ultimately be approved. This statement contradicts earlier claims made by Harington and his Game of Thrones co-star Emilia Clarke, with Clarke confirming last year that the spin-off exists and is certified by Harington.
Harington, on the other hand, remained tight-lipped about his involvement, teasing earlier this year that he couldn’t disclose any information regarding his potential return. Fortunately for Game of Thrones fans, there are at least two other spin-offs and prequels still in progress, alongside last year’s House of the Dragon, which has been renewed for a second season.
HBO is also set to produce and release A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight, another spin-off that takes place in Westeros and the Seven Kingdoms. Orsi stated that Hedge Knight can be produced more quickly due to its minimal visual effects requirements, and she envisions a three-season arc for the prequel.
Regarding other prequels, such as the rumored series about Aegon’s Conquest, Orsi mentioned that it’s too early to discuss them since only a few scripts have been written. In the interview, Orsi also provided updates on other popular HBO shows, including Succession, The White Lotus, and Euphoria. She revealed that Euphoria will return in 2025, while The White Lotus is expected to have its second season next year.
Orsi expressed HBO’s enthusiasm for working with Mike White, the creator of The White Lotus, and clarified that there are no plans to spin off any individual characters from Succession, despite ongoing discussions about the show’s future.
Finally, Orsi described The Idol, a series co-created by The Weeknd and Sam Levinson, as “a really exciting show, an incredibly beautiful, sexy show,” hinting at the anticipation surrounding its release.
In summary, while the Jon Snow-centric Game of Thrones spin-off remains uncertain, HBO continues to develop other spin-offs and prequels, ensuring that fans will have more opportunities to explore the world of Westeros in the coming years.
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