may have ended in 2019, but there is more of Westeros to explore as HBO has at least six new shows in development in addition to the successful . Based on George R.R. Martin's book series, became the biggest TV show in the world across its eight-season run. And although season 8 proved extremely divisive, the fictional world nonetheless remains one filled with potential for the small screen. It's no surprise there is a push for new shows to expand the franchise.
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In June 2022, HBO announced a new
The latest new show to be confirmed is , based on the stories. While fans might have expected this new show to retain the title, was necessary for fans unfamiliar with the novellas. There are three published Dunk & Egg stories so far: , , and .
Set around 90 years before the events of , the stories are a little lighter and less epic than the main series, but no less interesting. follows Dunk, a hedge knight who eventually becomes Ser Duncan the Tall, Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. Egg is Dunk's squire, and will one day rule Westeros as King Aegon V Targaryen. Martin has plans to publish anywhere from six to 12 novellas, but with the announcement that he would be heading this adaptation, his writing outside the series will likely take a backseat.
Two adult animated spin-offs have been in early development since January 2021. Animated "Histories & Lore" DVD and Blu-ray extras detail aspects of , so already has some basis for this, although this show would obviously have far greater scope. While at least has a storyline to follow, news about the other new show has been much more scant.
The second show is based on the Yi Ti dynasty of Essos, George R.R. Martin's version of Imperial China (which fans were delighted to hear referenced in
Another new show in development, is effectively a possible spinoff of a spinoff. The show will center around Corlys Velaryon, aka the Sea Snake, who is portrayed by Steve Toussaint in
With now winning a Golden Globe, interest in the new show has never been higher. Lord Corlys Velaryon plays an integral part in the series, and his loyalties will inarguably be tested as the Dance of the Dragons moves forward. As
Another new show in development is the story of Princess Nymeria of the Rhoyne. The Rhoynar was destroyed by the Valyrian Freehold some 1,000 years before the events of
traveled for years to find a new safe haven, fleeing Naath because of disease, before finally settling in Dorne. Nymeria married Lord Mors Martell, and together they fought to establish rule over Dorne, eventually turning it into the principality it is during complete with princes and princesses as rulers rather than kings and queens. Nymeria's story is among the most fabled in Westeros history, and is connected to
King's Landing's Red Keep was often a key focal point of the show, but another area of it was supposed to take center stage in a , a slum that plays home to most of the city's brothels and less-than-savory drinking establishments. It was known for both its poverty and crime, but is also where several key characters originated, including Davos Seaworth and Gendry. It's unclear exactly what story would've been told in Flea Bottom, since it'd be more original than based on Martin's previous works, but that meant there were plenty of avenues to go down, showing another side to life in Westeros. HBO is clearly eyeing all possible areas for
In the summer of 2018, HBO announced that they were working on set 8,000 years before the events of its predecessor. The project, known as , was supposed to be guided by writer Jane Goldman () and starred Naomi Watts in the main role. The series was supposed the chronicle The Long Night and introduce the White Walkers in their earliest stages. Then, the show was abruptly taken off of HBO's roster — but why? The main concern of the network was how the content of the show would hold up in terms of popularity against
In short, there's very little to work from when it comes to the previously written content about the Age of Heroes and The Long Night. In George R.R. Martin's novels, The Long Night is usually mentioned in passing, and it's an unreliable legend at best. faced considerable backlash, and from season 5 onward, the series started to dwindle. Rather than make the same mistake with by making up a new story, show creators decided to go a different route by adapting , an established tale covering the Targaryen civil war, which has now taken the form of .
broke viewership records for HBO, and even caused the HBO Max service to crash upon its release. The first season consisted of 10 nail-biting episodes, chronicling the beginning of the end for the mighty House Targaryen. If proves anything, it's that audiences are ravenous for more content — and studios are off to a running start. The new show has become an outright sensation, bringing in fans old and new. While more insulated than its parent show, has set the bar for every spinoff that will come after it.
Fans of the new show now have undeniable proof that is a stellar entry to the universe thanks to its recent Golden Globe win. itself won a total of five Golden Globes during its eight-season run, and it's possible that could be hot on its heels. had plenty of contenders to go up against for this prestigious award, such as , , , and . Beating a critically acclaimed drama like in particular is no easy feat for the fledgling fantasy series. Since has had such a successful run so far, that can only mean good things for all the new spinoffs.
Even with all the shows in development, there are still plenty of spinoffs fans are hoping will be announced. In some cases, they want to continue on with some of the characters they love from the original series and follow them on new adventures. finale seemed to be set up as a perfect spinoff as she was last seen sailing off to explore whatever was west of Westeros. This spinoff would allow the timeline of the show to move forward without having to expand on the other characters and plots of the original series.
Of course, George R.R. Martin has established some exciting events in the history of Westeros worth exploring with Robert’s Rebellion being one topic fans would like to see explored in depth. There is also the first battle between the First Men and the White Walkers in the story of The Long Night which could make for a horror centric spinoff. However, the original series may have ruined the draw of stories like these. In terms of Robert’s Rebellion, the audience already knows so much about it, including the big twists, that a series might be redundant. Meanwhile, the White Walkers turned out to be less interesting than initially thought so it is doubtful fans would be eager to explore them more.