On the occasion of the anniversary of Game of Thrones, whose pilot was broadcast 10 years ago on HBO, here is the first information on the spin-off projects in preparation for this already cult series.
Game of Thrones, adaptation of the literary saga A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin, is already celebrating its 10th anniversary! The pilot was indeed broadcast on April 17, 2011 on HBO and the series by David Benioff and DB Weiss has since established itself as a staple of television.
Juggernaut of the small screen, Game of Thrones will not leave the audiovisual landscape anytime soon since spin-offs are in preparation for the American cable channel. A brief overview of the projects ordered or under development.
House of the dragon
This is the first Game of Thrones spin-off that should see the light of day. Officially commissioned by HBO, House of the Dragon will return to the genesis of the Targaryen dynasty, known in the HBO series through the journey of Daenerys (Emilia Clarke). Part of the cast has already been announced (Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy and Danny Sapani) and filming is expected to begin this year for release in 2022.
We do not yet know precisely the plot of House of the Dragon, except that a consanguineous love story between a brother and his two sisters should be at stake. This first spin-off will be headed by Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan Condal , who officiate as showrunners.
Tales of Dunk and Egg
Not yet ordered but in development for several months, Tales of Dunk and Egg could be the next official Game of Thrones spin-off since this adaptation of Chronicles of the knight errant, a set of three short novels written by George RR Martin and published between 1998 and 2010, would be a priority for HBO according to sources at Variety.
Tales of Dunk and Egg will tell the adventures of Ser Duncan the Great, nicknamed Dunk, and Aegon Targaryen, nicknamed the Egg, his squire and brother of Master Aemon (Peter Vaughan), present in Game of Thrones. Note that the first novel is 90 years before the events recounted in the mother series.
9 Voyages or Sea Snake
Announced by Variety, a spin-off titled 9 Voyages ou Sea Snake will be headed by Bruno Heller, the co-creator of Rome. This series, currently in the works, will center on Lord Corlys Velaryon, known as Sea Snake, the head of House Velaryon and husband of Rhaenys Targaryen.
Lord Corlys Velaryon is the most famous nautical adventurer in all of Westeros, and he has built a house even richer than that of the Lannisters. For the moment, this spin-off is only at the project stage.
A spin-off project in development but not yet ordered, Flea Bottom is a series that will be set in one of the most famous and poorest areas of Port-Réal, namely Culpucier (Flea Bottom, in original version), where Ser Davos (Liam Cunningham) and Gendry Baratheon (Joe Dempsie) were born. Little information has been revealed about this prequel project but it should focus more on the people than on the lords of Game of Thrones.
Also in development without getting a green light yet, 10,000 Ships is the working title for a spin-off project centered on Princess Nymeria, who founded the Kingdom of Dorne. The story of this legendary woman takes place 1000 years before the events of Game of Thrones.
Nymeria is a name well known to Game of Thrones fans as it is worn by Nymeria Sand (Jessica Henwick), the youngest daughter of Prince Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal) and by the giant wolf of Arya Stark (Maisie Williams).
The working title of this planned prequel series is a reference to the fact that Nymeria ordered all of her ships to be burnt after bringing her Essors army to Dorne so they could not leave again.
An animated series
No details on this spin-off have been released by HBO. At the stage of project for the moment, this animated series on the universe of Game of Thrones could offer many possibilities as well in the style as in the effects or in the plot.
Nothing concrete has been signed on this animated series project which, if commissioned, should be in the same vein as Game of Thrones and therefore be aimed at an adult audience according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The canceled spin-off
One of the first spin-off projects announced in 2019 was a series written by Jane Goldman and worn by actress Naomi Watts. Eventually, the pilot for this Age of Heroes-centric project leading up to the Long Night was canceled by HBO’s director of programming, Casey Bloys.
The latter preferred to order the House of the Dragon series instead because the pilot with Naomi Watts did not work according to him (via Deadline):
“When you develop pilots, sometimes things come together and sometimes they don’t. I found what Jane had done wonderfully, and what was difficult, was that there were a lot of people to create because we were in 8000 years before the mother series. It’s a big change “.