Wednesday, January 27, 2021


J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. have taken steps to expand the Wizarding World beyond just the core narrative of “Harry Potter,” the Boy Who Lived, through spinoff books, a prequel film series that covers magical involvement in World War II, and even a distant sequel stage play. On the more adult-oriented scale of fantasy franchises, George R.R. Martin and WarnerMedia/HBO have been delving into many possibilities regarding expansions to the setting of Westeros and Essos in “Game of Thrones.” Martin has delayed his last two books for side novels and such, after all. There is even the chance that an upcoming production may be animated.

Comic Book Resources tells us that HBO Max has been canvassing writers for ideas to develop yet another spinoff to “Game of Thrones,” the fantasy epic series that gave HBO so much hype for eight seasons from 2011 to 2019. The fact that the supposed series they are conceptualizing may be a mature-audiences animated production is a surprise but not expected, as a number of animated series for grown-ups have been featured in the channel. Executives from HBO are of course conferring with George R.R. Martin on what progress has been made for all spinoffs.

There are of course other “Thrones” productions that already have lots of development. One is “House of the Dragon,” a prequel series on HBO featuring the history of the Targaryen Dynasty, unifiers of the separate Kingdoms of Westeros under the Iron Throne. Material for the storyline is supposed to be taken from Martin’s 2018 book “Fire and Blood,” written as in-universe historical texts about the Targaryen rulers and their dragons. Less fleshed out is “Tales of Dunk and Egg,” also based on a series of novellas chronicling the childhood adventures of the future King Aegon V Targaryen and his bodyguard Ser Duncan the Tall, nine decades before “Game of Thrones.”

The above two are live-action, in contrast to the plans for the latest spinoff to be animated. There is the possibility this new idea could fall through, like another prequel proposal set several millennia before the events of the original HBO series and the books they were based from. HBO axed the concept in 2019.

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