Winter may be over, but Game of Thrones lives on. HBO has officially announced the development of its first sequel to the hit series, centered around fan favorite character Jon Snow, played by Kit Harington. And we’re not talking about a mere cameo here; this new series, tentatively titled “Snow,” will pick up where the final season of Game of Thrones left off, following Jon Snow’s journey beyond the Wall after being exiled from Westeros.
The show has been in development for some time, with Harington himself bringing the idea to HBO. But what can we expect from this new installment in the Game of Thrones universe? Let’s take a look.
The Working Title: “SNOW”
Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin confirmed the news of the Jon Snow spinoff on his blog, revealing that the working title for the show is indeed “SNOW.” This is fitting, considering the titular character’s journey from a bastard of the North to a hero of the Seven Kingdoms.
What Happened to Jon Snow?
At the end of Game of Thrones, we saw Jon Snow exiled to the North, beyond the Wall, with the Wildlings. He had just discovered that he was actually Aegon Targaryen, a potential heir to the Iron Throne, and had played a key role in the death of his lover and aunt, Daenerys Targaryen. So where does that leave him now?
According to Harington himself, there’s a lot of trauma and emotional baggage that Jon Snow will have to contend with. “He’s done. The fact he goes to the Wall is the greatest gift and also the greatest curse,” Harington said during a panel at a Game of Thrones convention in 2020. “He’s gotta go back up to the place with all this history and live out his life thinking about how he killed Dany, and live out his life thinking about Ygritte dying in his arms, and live out his life thinking about how he hung Olly, and live out his life thinking about all of this trauma, and that, that’s interesting.”
Cameos and Returning Cast Members
One of the most exciting aspects of the Jon Snow spinoff is the possibility of seeing other beloved characters from Game of Thrones return for cameos. Since the show takes place after the events of the final season, any surviving character could potentially show up.
Several Game of Thrones actors have expressed their interest in returning, including Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), and John Bradley (Samwell Tarley). However, one former cast member has ruled out a return: Emilia Clarke, who played Daenerys Targaryen, told the BBC, “I think I’m done.”
The Future of Game of Thrones Spinoffs
“Snow” is just the latest in a long line of Game of Thrones spinoffs in development at HBO. The first, “House of the Dragon,” premiered this past August and tells the story of the Targaryen family 200 years before the events of the original series. There are also three other spinoffs in various stages of development, as well as three animated prequels.
Clearly, HBO is not done with the world of Westeros yet. And why would they be? With so many rich characters and storylines to explore, there’s no shortage of material to draw from. We can only hope that these new shows will live up to the high standards set by the original series.
So, get ready to bundle up and head back beyond the Wall with Jon Snow in “SNOW.” Winter is coming, and it looks like it’s going to be a long one. But with Harington’s passion for the project and the support of his former cast members, there’s reason to believe that “SNOW” will be a worthy addition to the Game of Thrones universe.
As fans eagerly await more news about the show, we can only imagine what kind of twists and turns the story will take. Will Jon Snow finally find peace and redemption? Will he reunite with old friends and enemies? Only time will tell. But one thing’s for sure: winter is still coming, and this time, it’s bringing Jon Snow with it.