HBO Head Honcho Clarifies What’s Going On With All The Game Of Thrones Spinoffs

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We are officially over two years past when Game of Thrones aired its hotly debated series finale. Those at HBO have never been ones to sit idly by, so they've spent a good portion of the intervening months attempting to rekindle the flame which was stoked by earlier seasons of the fantasy hit, and now have several potential spinoffs which have been announced to the Westeros-loving public. But, with so many series seemingly on tap, including House of the Dragon (which will debut sometime in 2022), where do all the proposed Game of Thrones prequels and spinoffs currently stand? We now have your answer.

As noted, House of the Dragon, which will star Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Rhys Ifans, Graham McTavish, and more, has been filming for a while now and already has a release window (of sorts) set at HBO. Even though the first of these prospective series, which would have starred Naomi Watts, got to the pilot stage and was then cancelled, there are still a surprising number of near-shows being readied. In a chat with Variety, HBO and HBO Max content chief Casey Bloys was asked about all of those other spinoffs, and had this to say:

House of the Dragon is the only one shooting. All the other ones are in various stages of development. People may think we have 10 series shooting at the moment. There’s one that will be on the air in 2022. We’ll see how the other scripts come along.

So, there you have it, George R.R. Martin fans. As of right now, the only GOT spinoff in production is still House of the Dragon, which started filming in England this spring. Casey Bloys didn't give any spoilers or specific updates on the series as it's progressing (hardly surprising), but he did note that the footage from HOTD (awww, that reminds me of Hodor...) "looks spectacular," which is great to hear and helps explain why the cabler is focusing on one series being in production at a time.

Of course, we don't have anything solid yet on any of the other spinoffs which are still in the very early stages of development, with Bloys simply saying that they want to see how the scripts "come along" for those other possible series. And, as mentioned, there are a stunning number of them. So many, in fact, that if they were all to make it on the air at the same time (incredibly unlikely), fans could end up with almost one new episode of GOT-related shows for every night of the week.

Unless the network is holding info back from us, there are five other Game of Thrones series currently in the making. 9 Voyages (or Sea Snake) has been said to be the furthest of these along right now, and would follow the adventures of Lord Corlys Velaryon, also known as The Sea Snake. This character will be a large part of House of the Dragon, and is being played by Steve Toussaint there, so we could see a backdoor pilot for his show emerge on HOTD at some point in the future.

Also proposed as a spinoff are 10,000 Ships, about the voyage from from Essos to Dorne of the warrior Princess Nymeria a thousand years prior to the events of GOT, and Flea Bottom, which would be set in the slum of King's Landing and also definitely be a prequel. In addition, Tales of Dunk and Egg would see a series which follows the exploits of Ser Duncan the Tall and a young Aegon V Targaryen, and (good thing I'm not talking right now, I'd be winded) a possible animated series, currently untitled, which would still be geared towards adults.

Phew! Alright, I think we can all see how this would be a lot to chew on at once if HBO was trying to have everything film, right? It's better to spread this stuff out anyway, so that all of the creative teams and everyone at the network who's trying to oversee all these possible shows can have the space to do it well, without having to think about what the other Game of Thrones spinoff over there is doing.

For now, I think most fans will be content to hear more about House of the Dragon as news becomes available, but if you need more to watch right now, take a look at our guide to 2021 summer TV!

Adrienne Jones
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Covering The Witcher, Outlander, Virgin River, Sweet Magnolias and a slew of other streaming shows, Adrienne Jones is a Senior Content Producer at CinemaBlend, and started in the fall of 2015. In addition to writing and editing stories on a variety of different topics, she also spends her work days trying to find new ways to write about the many romantic entanglements that fictional characters find themselves in on TV shows. She graduated from Mizzou with a degree in Photojournalism.