1:14pm PT by James Hibberd
All the 'Game of Thrones' Spinoffs in the Works at HBO
You're having a hard time keeping track. That's understandable. The number of Game of Thrones spinoffs in the works at HBO is getting rather dizzying. Here are all the shows The Hollywood Reporter knows about (so far) that are part of the network's rather ambitious GoT succession plan:
House of the Dragon: This is the one show that's definitely happening. Set 300 years before the events in GoT, House of the Dragon (are people actually going to call this show HotD at some point?) tells the story of House Targaryen back when Daenerys' ancestors ruled Westeros. The events in the show will eventually lead into the famed Dance of the Dragons (the Targaryen civil war). The series stars Olivia Cooke, Emma D'Arcy, Paddy Considine and Matt Smith (here's which character each actor plays) and is from co-showrunners Ryan Condal (Colony) and Miguel Sapochnik (who directed some of the finest episodes of GoT, including "Battle of the Bastards"). Like all the GoT prequels in the works, the project is executive produced by saga author George R.R. Martin, who is working closely with the writers on each idea. House of the Dragon will film in England (unlike GoT, which was based in Northern Ireland) and is expected to start production in April. The first season is 10 episodes and expected to air in 2022.
Now here are the ideas in development/competition for an eventual series order. None of the following is guaranteed to make it to air. HBO's chief content officer Casey Bloys has stated he wants more than one GoT follow-up series but that "10 would be too many" (if 10 sounds like a silly number, keep in mind that Disney+ announced 10 Star Wars projects last December on the heels of The Mandalorian's massive success). Given parent company Warner Media's goal of having 125 million HBO Max subscribers by 2025, it would not be at all surprising if more than one of these moved forward. Like House of the Dragon, all of the projects are prequels to the original series.
Dunk and Egg project: This is based on Martin's popular novellas (The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword, The Mystery Knight) which follow the adventures of the hedge knight Ser Duncan the Tall (Dunk) and his squire (Egg), who would later become King Aegon V Targaryen. The story takes place 90 years before the events of Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. Fun fact: Egg's brother was Maester Aemon (Peter Vaughan) in GoT and there's a heartbreaking reference to the character when Aemon is on his deathbed in season 5 and says, in apparent delirium, "Egg, I dreamed that I was old."
Nymeria project: This revolves around the warrior queen Nymeria, a revered ancestor of House Martell who founded of the kingdom of Dorne (she became so legendary in the realm that two characters bore her name in the original series — Sand Snake Nymeria Sand and Arya's direwolf). Her story is set roughly 1,000 years before the events in Game of Thrones, making it much older on the Westeros timeline than any of the other previously announced projects in the works (HBO shot a prequel pilot in 2019 set even further back during the Age of Heroes, but it never made it to series). Also, Game of Thrones added a storyline involving Dorne midway through the series that fans felt struggled to feel like an organic part of the show. If greenlit, the Nymeria project could give an entirely new and redemptive take on Sunspear. The working title for the project is 10,000 Ships, a reference to Nymeria ordering all her ships to be burned after bringing her army from Essos to Dorne so there could be no turning back (Martin, a history buff, was likely inspired here by the legend that Hernán Cortés burned his 600 ships after arriving in the New World in 1519). If greenlit, you can bet on the team opting to use Nymeria – a name that's unique, strong and Thrones-y – in the title instead.
The Sea Snake: With a working title of 9 Voyages, this is from Rome creator Bruno Heller and follows Lord Corlys Velaryon, aka The Sea Snake, the Lord of the Tides and head of House Velaryon. The seafaring character also appears in the upcoming greenlit GoT prequel House of the Dragon, where he's played by British actor Steve Toussaint. In Martin's lore, Velaryon is the husband of Princess Rhaenys Targaryen (played by Eve Best in House of the Dragon). So this effort represents a potential spinoff of a character from a series that hasn't yet been shot. Also, given Toussaint's casting, The Sea Snake could represent the first GoT project with a person of color as the lead character.
Flea Bottom: This project is set in the notorious King's Landing slum of Flea Bottom – the maze of tight streets in the capitol city where characters like Davos Seaworth and Gendry Baratheon were born. One imagines this having a bit of a Peaky Blinders-in-Westeros vibe; something exploring the lives of everyday citizens and the criminal underworld rather than powerful lords and ladies.
GoT animated drama series: No details yet on the subject or style of this animated project, but an animated venture gives a couple of storytelling advantages: It could portray a lavish amount of spectacle beyond even GoT standards, and/or it could tell a story that spans a considerable stretch of time — much of Martin's previously published supplemental materials are in an encyclopedic form that sketches out thousands of years of Westeros history, a breezy storytelling style that's far easier to portray on screen using animation, where producers could quickly introduce various characters and settings and then rapidly move on without having to cast actors or build sets.
There are other projects that have been rumored to be in the works as well, but the above are the most solidly reported.
Also, there was a Thrones prequel that's not longer in consideration – an untitled project starring Naomi Watts from writer Jane Goldman that was set thousands of years before the events in GoT and focused on the Age of Heroes leading to The Long Night. HBO shot a pilot for the project in 2019 and then decided to not move forward with the idea to series.