Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin has confirmed the development of a Jon Snow sequel series exploring his life beyond The Wall after the destruction of the Iron Throne. Martin has worked with HBO to develop several other new titles set within the fantasy world of Westeros, including this year’s highly anticipated House of the Dragon. While most of the announced shows have been prequels to Game of Thrones, this new series stands alone as the only concept that directly alludes to potential returning characters, as this will take place following the flagship show’s end.
HBO is in “early development” on a Game of Thrones sequel series focused on the character Jon Snow. It’s a live-action series, and Kit Harington is attached to reprise the role that made him famous.
What is this new Jon Snow Sequel Series?
Sharing a detailed response on his website, Martin confirms that the series – which currently has a working title of Snow – is in development and that he is involved with the creative process, though he cannot share too many details without permission from HBO. Currently, Snow is in the scripting stage, facing numerous rewrites as the creative team works to finalize the first season. Martin also confirms that Harington originated the concept and that his team is an active part of the development process. The author makes it clear that while there are people working on the show, it hasn’t officially been greenlit, much like the other Game of Thrones spinoffs. Read what Martin says about the series below:
“It was Kit Harrington who brought the idea to us. I cannot tell you the names of the writers/showrunners, since that has not been cleared for release yet… but Kit brought them in too, his own team, and they are terrific… Outlines and treatments have been written and approved, scripts have been written, notes have been given, second and third drafts have been written. So far, that’s all.”
What will happen in the series
The series will be set after the events of Game of Thrones, making it the first sequel out of the no less than eight Game of Thrones spin-offs HBO has in development. Jon Snow, a heroic outcast who discovered he was a potential heir to the Iron Throne, was last seen exiled and joining the remaining Free Folk to resettle the free lands north of the Wall.
Continuing Jon’s Game of Thrones story past its controversial series finale is a risky, but fascinating move. Game of Thrones earned an almost infamous reputation for the way the series ended, splitting audiences down the middle with praise and hate. A sequel gives HBO the opportunity to amend past mistakes and forge a new path for Jon Snow beyond The Wall. Ever since the news emerged, audience reactions have been swirling, exemplifying the dedication of the fanbase despite some soured opinions viewers held for Game of Thrones. Clearly, there is still plenty of interest in Westeros and its inhabitants.
Is the Jon Snow Sequel Series confirmed?
The confirmation from Martin does not mean the Jon Snow project is officially HBO’s next spinoff series. However, it does create some encouraging public support for the concept and will increase conversations about Snow throughout the media. The more attention the project receives now could influence HBO one way or the other, giving Harington and his team a chance at exploring Jon Snow’s life after Westeros. Initial responses seem eager to venture further into The North, as some are already theorizing who could reprise their original roles and join Harington back in the Game of Thrones world. Until HBO pushes the project forward, though, Snow will only be a swirling sea of rumors for fans to ponder over.
Other prequel series based on A Song of Ice & Fire
Aside from House of the Dragon, set 200 years earlier and due to premiere on Aug. 21, HBO is said to be developing three more live-action prequel series set in Westeros: The Sea Snake, about the great seafarer Corlys Velaryon, who appears in House of the Dragon; Ten Thousand Ships.
The second one is set 1,000 years earlier and telling the story of Princess Nymeria, who founded Dorne.
The next one is a series set just 90 years before Game of Thrones, adapted from George R. R. Martin’s Tales of Dunk and Egg novellas.
But, there’s no guarantee that any of these projects bar House of the Dragon will reach the screen. In 2019, HBO got as far as shooting a pilot for one prequel series starring Naomi Watts, before canceling it.