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If you listen closely, you can hear the crashing waves of tears from Game of Thrones fans celebrating the fact the much-maligned eighth season won't be how the story of HBO's most popular series ends. Last night, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed HBO is developing a spinoff sequel series based around Kit Harington's Jon Snow character, with Harington attached to reprise his heralded role as the heartthrob (spoiler alert!) Stark/Targaryen.
The sequel joins a bevy of live-action attempts by HBO to milk the Game of Thrones cash cow for years to come. The House of the Dragon prequel series set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones will be the first return to the fantasy world George R. R. Martin created when it debuts on August 21. The live-action prequel 10,000 Ships will be based around warrior-queen Princess Nymeria and set 1,000 years before the events of Game of Thrones when Nymeria led to Dorne in the south of Westeros. There's also the upcoming 9 Voyages series about Lord Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint), a character who never appeared in the original Game of Thrones series and won't make his GoT debut until House of Dragon. HBO also has three animated spinoff series in the works, which Martin has publicly stated he's very much involved in.
As for Snow's return to the screen, little is known about how HBO plans to resurrect the story of a man who had already escaped death once. But, with Harington attached to return, it's time we prepare our minds, bodies, and souls for another emotional roller coaster that only Game of Thrones and HBO can put us through.
What is the Jon Snow sequel series about?
The fact the sequel series is in development is news in and of itself, so nothing is known about the show's plot points. But, there's a bit we can infer from how the original Game of Thrones season ended. At the end of Game of Thrones, Snow kills the tyrannical Queen Daenerys Targaryen, is exiled from Westeros, and is last seen on horseback journeying into the snowy woods north of the Wall with the Wildlings. He also finds out in the final season he's the rightful heir to the Iron Throne after he learns his true identity is Aegon Targaryen, son of Rhaegar Targaryen, the heir to former Iron Throne ruler King Aerys II Targaryen (aka the Mad King).
Without digging too deep into speculation, if the upcoming Jon Snow sequel series will take place after the original Game of Thrones events, it would make sense for it to center some of its focus on Snow's travels with the Wildlings. Snow was exiled, Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) proposed the end of familial succession to choose future kings, and Drogon angrily melted the Iron Throne after Daenerys's death. That makes a Jon Snow return to Westeros to assume the throne that's rightfully his a bit out of the cards. But, if a Starbucks cup can find its way into Winterfell, surely Snow can figure something out.
Who will be in the Jon Snow sequel series?
What has been figured out so far about this Jon Snow sequel is Harington returning to his Emmy Award-nominated role. Popular characters Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), Tyrion, and new king Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) survive the final season. They are also given open-ended conclusions that could factor into the rebuilding of King's Landing. If HBO wants to make sure Game of Thrones fans transfers over to the Jon Snow sequel, it will behoove them to at least attempt to get the band back together when they bring this show to air.
When is the Jon Snow sequel being released?
We didn't hear anything about a Jon Snow sequel series for more than three years following the Game of Thrones series finale, so we shouldn't expect to see Harington's beautiful face back on screen as Jon Snow anytime soon. But, in all honesty, there's still a chance this series never makes it to TV. HBO already scrapped the idea of making an entire series about Flea Bottom slum district of King's Landing, where Arya escaped to in Season 1. Your best bet is to check back in here from time to time, as we'll be keeping a close eye on any clues and announcements regarding when our old friend Jon Snow is planning to make his return.
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