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Kit Harington as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones

George R.R. Martin Confirmed A Jon Snow GOT Spinoff Is In The Works

Apparently it was Kit Harington’s idea.

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Between Game of Thrones Seasons 7 and 8, HBO embarked on a long process to find an heir. At the time, every spinoff idea pitched (and eventually made its way to development) was a prequel set within author George R.R. Martin’s already defined Westerosi history. But with the first prequel, House of the Dragon, debuting soon, Martin has confirmed the first Game of Thrones *sequel,* Snow, is also in the works.

The original ideas initially pitched for a Game of Thrones follow-up were prequels partly because Martin wasn’t interested in a sequel series back in 2016. With two more books still to go in A Song of Ice & Fire, the idea of the story extending beyond that was apparently still too much of a gray area for the author to contemplate.

But six years on, things have changed. Martin may not have come up with a story beyond the crowning of Bran the Broken and Sansa, Queen in the North, but apparently, Kit Harington, the actor who spent a decade playing Jon Snow, does. On his personal “Not A Blog” website, Martin confirmed the project was brought to the HBO by Harington, and the series is in development.

Here’s what else is known about the sequel.

Snow Development & Filming Updates

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The rumors of a sequel first appeared in The Hollywood Reporter, which had also broken stories on the GoT animated projects and the possible Broadway show based on Robert’s Rebellion. Confirmation this was more than a rumor to gauge fan interest arrived a few days later when Emilia Clarke, who played Daenerys in the original series, told the BBC that Harington had developed this idea and pitched it himself.

But it wasn’t until George R.R. Martin weighed in about the project that the potential sequel was really going forward. Martin said on his website that he couldn’t give details until HBO allowed him to do so. However, he confirmed he is involved, and “[Harington’s] team have visited me here in Santa Fe and worked with me and my own team of brilliant, talented writer/consultants to hammer out the show.”

Harington has continued acting since GoT ended, including taking the role of Dane Whitman in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, he’s also gotten involved in producing, including 2017’s Gunpowder, which Harington developed, produced, and starred in for the BBC. It’s no surprise he has a team of people to work with to get this new show on the road.

Snow Cast

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Since Snow is still in the development stage, there’s no cast confirmed, but with Harington as the driving force behind the project, it’s a good bet he’ll reprise his role as the titular Snow.

Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju) is one of the few from beyond the wall who survived the series and traveled with Snow at the end of Season 8, so he’s a possibility to return. More than a few fans noted that Tormund, a fan favorite, would make a great comedy team with the dour Jon Snow. Perhaps there will be some of that in the new series.

Cameo appearances from the few surviving Starks aren’t out of the question, either. Sophie Turner reprising her role as Sansa, Queen in the North, might occur, as could Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran warning through trees to beyond the Wall. Even Maisie Williams could sail in as Arya for a battle or two. It all depends on what direction the show decides to take. Beyond that, it’s anyone’s guess who could make appearances in the new series.

Snow Potential Plot

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Although the show’s existence is now out in the open, everyone involved has been tight-lipped regarding what it might cover other than the presumed “Jon Snow’s continued adventures beyond the Wall.” There’s no word if Jon Snow might have to come south for an emergency or who and what he and the wildlings might face as an antagonist. But with Westeros now realigned and under the rule of three Starks, there are a lot of potential scenarios for what might come next.

Snow Trailer & Release Date Predictions

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Martin’s blog post confirming Snow was in development made it very clear that the series is not guaranteed to see the light of day. Considering the first planned GOT spinoff, Bloodmoon, made it to the pilot stage before it was abandoned, fans should temper their expectations. Snow is also competing against other spinoff ideas, including The Hedge Knight, The Sea Snake, and Ten Thousand Ships, all of which are also in various stages of development. Snow has a fighting chance, though, as it’s the only sequel of the bunch and seemingly has a lead actor attached already. But until HBO confirms the series is going into production, there’s no way of knowing if or when the show might arrive.