The End of Game of Thrones
After the disastrous 8th season of Game of Thrones was aired, fans were unhappy to say the least. They spent most of their time criticizing how their beloved show was ended. However, they also knew that HBO was already planning for a prequel to the series. While this wouldn’t salvage the perceived train wreck that was the season final, it did provide a light at the end of the GOT tunnel. So you can imagine the surprise of fans when the new series, which already had a pilot made, was then cancelled.
Prequels and more Prequels
In truth, there were always multiple prequels in discussion at the time. Now, they are going full steam ahead on House of the Dragon, which is a history of the Targaryen Dynasty. But what happened with show creator’s Jane Goldman’s series? Recently in an interview, HBO’s Casey Bloys went on record with TVLine as to why the network ended up switching gears to develop House of the Dragon instead.
The Jane Goldman one was a bit of a bigger swing because there was a lot more invention. For House of the Dragon, George has text and history for that era, so there is a bit more of a road map. You understood the history and what the story would be, so it’s easier to [visualize as a series].
Understanding the decision
When taken at face value, that makes sense. What it might also mean is that HBO has decided to learn from past experience. Many fans would tell you the beginning of the end for Game of Thrones began when the writers ran out of source material. Mainly because Creator George RR Martin had not yet finished his next book in the series, The Winds of Winter (it’s still not done). When this happened, they were forced to fly solo.
While there were some good things that transpired, eventually the train went off the rails by the time Season 8 rolled around. Some of this could be because of the shortened time frame they gave themselves making fewer episodes. Regardless, HBO may have seen how much better it is to have the Martin blueprint to work from.
Were you disappointed when HBO cancelled the original prequel? Would you have at least liked to have seen the finished pilot? Are you excited to see House of the Dragon? Share your thought about all things Game of Thrones prequels with us at GeekVibesNation.
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