All 6 Game Of Thrones Spinoff Shows In Development Explained
2024/02/07

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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.

As the streaming wars continue, having reliable properties to build on becomes increasingly important. That's why Disney+ has a wealth of Marvel and

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shows planned, and while isn't quite on that level, it is one of the biggest things it has to offer current or potential subscribers. It isn't just from a business perspective that this makes sense though. There are countless stories to be told from the universe Martin has created, thanks to his rich, detailed world-building. It remains to be seen just how many new shows will ultimately happen, but here is what HBO has planned for each new series in development.

The Jon Snow Sequel Series

In June 2022, HBO announced a new

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show that centers around Kit Harington's Jon Snow, following and his necessary betrayal and murder of Daenerys and resulting banishment beyond the Wall. Given his own Targaryen lineage and the general feeling that, under the Seven Kingdoms' more monarchy-driven system, he should have been King, there's plenty to explore around his bittersweet sendoff beyond The Wall. There's scope to bring other beloved Starks back into the fold — perhaps once Arya works out what's west of Westeros — and a clear opportunity to provide more Tormund Giantsbane content, given that he's a central figure in Jon's band of Wildling comrades.

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A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight

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.

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The Golden Empire and Game of Thrones Animated Spinoff

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

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). Given the amount of effects work involved in making , it is easy to see why animated shows would be an attractive prospect for HBO Max, as it makes CGI-heavy elements such as dragons and direwolves easier to put on screen. Other than the setting, there's very little news regarding in terms of its story. Either way, both animated spinoffs will be a welcome new medium in the universe.

The Sea Snake

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

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. HBO clearly expects him to be a breakout character, developing a series built around his Great Voyages. The Sea Snake traversed the oceans farther than most dared, visiting not just the areas of Essos that viewers are familiar with, but more unknown regions such as Yi Ti, accumulating incredible wealth along the way. Bryan Heller, who co-created HBO's , is part of the creative team.

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

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rolls onto season 2, interest in Corlys Velaryon and his past will only grow, as the previously unchronicled House Velaryon is starting to garner a lot of attention. Not much is known about the ancient house in the context of , as there were no real Velaryon characters in the parent series. The Velaryon line basically dies out with the Dance of the Dragons, but the Velaryon family deserves their day in the sun nonetheless.

10,000 Ships

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

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leading Nymeria to lead her people to safety and freedom. It's said that she commanded 10,000 ships to sail down the river Rhoyne and away from Essos, and while the number may have been inflated, it was clearly an incredible amount and journey nonetheless.

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

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by Arya's direwolf, who was named after the princess. 's Amanda Segel will write 10,000 Ships, but no other creative team has been confirmed.

Flea Bottom Was Canceled

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

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spinoffs, but for reasons unknown decided to cancel this particular one.

Why Bloodmoon Was Canceled

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

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based on its subject matter.

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 .

The Game Of Thrones Spinoffs Have Started Well

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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.

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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.

Game Of Thrones Spin-Offs That Fans Want (But That Are Not In Development)

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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.

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