Kit Harington’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow Spinoff: Everything We Know
The ‘Game of Thrones‘ sequel ‘SNOW’ has garnered more attention than any other spinoff, but its current status remains uncertain.
Ever since the conclusion of “Game of Thrones” in 2019, fans have been tantalized by the prospect of numerous spinoffs in development at HBO. Among these, none have generated as much excitement and curiosity as “SNOW.” This working title represents a Game of Thrones sequel featuring Kit Harington reprising his role as Jon Snow after the events of the Season 8 finale. Here’s what we know about this intriguing project and the lingering questions that surround it.
Game of Thrones spinoff ideas were conceived well before the series finale, but it wasn’t until “House of the Dragon” that one finally made it to the screen. Initially, fans heard of several proposed spinoffs, mainly prequels based on George R.R. Martin‘s writings. However, in June 2022, The Hollywood Reporter unveiled an original sequel concept pitched by Kit Harington himself, along with a team of writers and producers. Their vision was to delve into Jon Snow’s life north of The Wall after his exile, and HBO expressed interest in developing the show. Despite this early development, it’s unclear whether the project will come to fruition.
While the Jon Snow spinoff could become a reality, it’s also possible it may face obstacles at any stage before reaching TV screens. Martin, in a somewhat ominous blog post earlier this year, hinted that some TV projects had been “shelved,” without specifying which ones. He had previously expressed skepticism that more than one of the live-action series in development would receive approval for production and broadcast. Thus, the fate of the Jon Snow sequel remains uncertain.
With this uncertainty in mind, there are essential details for fans to monitor if they are intrigued by this project. Read on for an in-depth exploration of all the confirmed information available so far.
Is This Project Real?
Following the divisive reception of the “Game of Thrones” conclusion and its conclusive ending, many fans anticipated HBO would avoid direct sequels. Given the extensive fictional world and history created by Martin, it seemed that most spinoff concepts would explore distant storylines. Therefore, when the Jon Snow sequel was initially announced, some fans were skeptical about its authenticity.
The announcement in The Hollywood Reporter, attributed to anonymous sources at HBO, left many fans unconvinced until George R.R. Martin himself confirmed the project on his blog. Furthermore, Emilia Clarke revealed that she was informed about the concept by Kit Harington, stating, “He has told me about it. And I know it exists. It’s happening.”
What is Kit Harington’s Involvement?
Initial reports indicated that Kit Harington was not only returning as Jon Snow but was also fully committed to the series. While this news surprised some fans, both Clarke and Martin affirmed that the series was conceived by Harington himself, and he played a significant role in its development. Clarke added, “It’s been created by Kit as far as I can understand, so he’s in it from the ground up. So what you will be watching, hopefully, if it happens, is certified by Kit Harington.” Martin expanded on this in his blog, stating, “Yes, it was Kit Harrington who brought the idea to us. I cannot tell you the names of the writers/showrunners, as that has not been cleared for release yet… but Kit brought them in too, his own team, and they are terrific.”
What is the Title?
Early reports did not mention the title for this show. However, Martin’s blog post officially dubbed the working title for the series as “SNOW.” It’s worth noting that the title might surprise some fans, as they expected it to be more closely related to “Game of Thrones,” considering its strong connection to the original series. Some fans have already proposed alternative titles.
How Far Along Is This Project?
As mentioned earlier, this project is in its initial development stages and far from guaranteed to reach television screens. According to Martin, Harington and his team submitted outlines and treatments for the show that received approval from HBO executives. As of the summer of 2022, the project was in the script development phase, focusing on the pilot episode that could determine its fate. While several script drafts have been completed, casting, pre-production, filming, and editing remain to be completed, contingent on HBO’s decision to move forward with a pilot or series. Surprisingly, Martin revealed that “SNOW” has been in development for nearly as long as the other three live-action spinoffs, although it was never publicly announced or leaked until now.
Will Emilia Clarke Return as Daenerys?
Since the conclusion of “Game of Thrones,” a popular fan theory has suggested that Daenerys might have survived the series’ grim ending. Several fans have speculated that fire magic could potentially resurrect characters, similar to Jon Snow. However, there is no indication that Emilia Clarke will be involved in the sequel, and her previous statements strongly suggest her character’s finality. Clarke has straightforwardly stated, “No, I think I’m done.” Her laughter at the idea makes it clear that she finds a return unlikely.
Will Other Stars Return?
Several other cast members have expressed interest in returning to a “Game of Thrones” sequel, even before the announcement of this project. Gwendoline Christie, who played Brienne of Tarth, noted her investment in new roles but emphasized her love for the character. Maisie Williams, who portrayed Arya Stark, expressed excitement about the spinoff. John Bradley, known for his role as Samwell Tarly, also expressed his willingness to reprise the character. Liam Cunningham, who played Davos Seaworth, has expressed eagerness to return as well. Fans expect Kristofer Hivju to return as Tormund Giantsbane, as he was last seen with Jon Snow in the original series. Additionally, fans are looking forward to seeing more of Jon Snow’s direwolf, Ghost.
Has This Series Been Scrapped?
One of the most significant uncertainties in the fandom is which spinoff projects are still in development and which HBO has abandoned. Martin’s blog post suggests that several successor shows are still being developed, with varying progress rates. As of the last update, HBO had greenlit “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” an adaptation of Martin’s novella series, referred to as “The Tales of Dunk & Egg.” This left three other live-action spinoffs in development: “SNOW,” “10,000 Ships,” and “The Sea Snake.” “10,000 Ships” is a distant prequel focusing on Queen Nymeria’s exodus from Essos to Westeros, set around 1,000 years before the events of “Game of Thrones.” “The Sea Snake” takes place shortly before “House of the Dragon” and centers on a younger Corlys Velaryon. In addition, two animated series were in development, one exploring the mysterious land of Yi Ti, with the other remaining a mystery. For now, fans cannot be certain which projects are moving forward or have been shelved.
What Will the Series Be About?
Fans have naturally engaged in speculation about the storyline of this sequel series, although only Harington’s writing team has the definitive answers. One popular theory is that the series will pick up after a time jump, placing a few years between the original series and the sequel. This approach would allow the new political landscape of Westeros to settle and potentially incorporate the return of Arya, who had ventured west.
Nevertheless, many fans are not enthusiastic about the series being entirely set north of The Wall. They believe it would need to encompass Sansa’s independent kingdom in the North and possibly Bran’s governance of the southern six kingdoms. Some fans even speculate that Jon Snow may venture east from the North to explore the lands of Essos, especially given his Valyrian heritage.
Will this Series Change the Ending of ‘Game of Thrones?’
Certain fans anticipate the Jon Snow sequel may introduce subtle alterations and retcons to the “Game of Thrones” conclusion. Given the new set of writers and showrunners, this possibility cannot be entirely dismissed, although it would require careful execution to avoid confusing fans. This sequel could delve deeper into Jon Snow’s resurrection, shedding light on the ramifications of his return. Additionally, it may suggest a more intricate resolution to the White Walker conflict, countering the criticism that the original series’ conclusion was too abrupt.
The Jon Snow spinoff remains in the early stages of development, with no confirmation of whether it will progress to a full series. In the meantime, “Game of Thrones” and “House of the Dragon” are available for streaming on HBO and HBO Max. Fans can explore Martin’s books in various formats, including print, digital, and audiobook versions.
Harington Did Not Discuss ‘SNOW’ in December
Despite widespread reports and assumptions, Kit Harington did not provide new insights into “SNOW” at the Game of Thrones Fan Convention in Los Angeles in December 2022. Harington was present at the convention, where he discussed Jon Snow’s character and his potential feelings post-“Game of Thrones.” However, he did not directly address the spinoff or share specific details about its direction.
Harington’s comments focused on the ending of “Game of Thrones,” with him expressing his belief that it was the right conclusion, especially Jon’s actions. Regarding Jon Snow’s exile to the Wall, Harington noted that his character felt it was both a blessing and a curse. This absence of discussion on “SNOW” left fans with few details to dissect at that event.
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