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Good News and Bad News for Game of Thrones Fans

I’ve got some good news and I’ve got some bad news for friends of KSR who enjoyed the show Game of Thrones. As always, I’ll begin with the bad news.

Yesterday we learned the first Game of Thrones spinoff will not be picked up by HBO. Dubbed “Bloodman” by George R.R. Martin, the prequel focused on The Long Night was set to take place thousands of years prior to the days of Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen. Starring Naomi Watts and set to air next year, it had to have been really bad to get the can. After all, HBO did recast and reshoot the original GoT pilot before producing the mega-hit.

We will not get a new GoT show to watch next summer, but fans have taken summers off before. This is nothing new. HBO is making the wait worth your while.

The fantastic news is that HBO is producing a prequel about the Targaryen dynasty, titled House of the Dragon. Taking place approximately 300 years prior to the GoT timeline, the show will focus on how Aegon the Conqueror united the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros on the back of Balerion, The Black Dread, alongside his sister-wives Rhaenys and Visenya. That’s right folks, the incest isn’t going anywhere.

Benioff and Weiss are out, Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik, the guy who directed “The Bells” and the “Battle of the Bastards,” are in as the show runners. There’s no release date, but I’m hopeful for spring of 2021.

The shift away from the old story to the Targaryen drama was wise on HBO’s part. As fun as the origins and the mystery surrounding The Long Night could have been, its failures could have destroyed any other potential spinoffs. Its setting was a time before maesters in this fantasy world had recorded any history, where the Children of the Forest whispered into trees and warned into animals while dominating the landscape. Essentially HBO would have asked its viewers who already had accepted the construct of Westerosi society, to accept another fantasy world inside the fantasy world. That’s asking too much.

House of the Dragon has source material that can be read like a history book in the illustrated Fire and Blood. There are familiar names (Lannister, Stark, Baratheon) and places (Winterfell, The Wall, Oldtown) that will easily connect what happened in GoT to the new prequel. For many casual viewers, Dany’s dragon-filled storyline was the highlight of GoT, even though it was given out in small doses. HBO is upping the dragon ante with this series. You want dragons, you got ’em.

The Field of Fire, a significant turning point in Aegon’s conquest, as illustrated in Blood and Fire. This episode will be a doozy.

I salute HBO. I just wish they would’ve pulled the trigger sooner. By the time T.J. Walker and I return for Kentucky Thrones Radio, I’ll be pushing 30. At least what is dead may never die.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

8 Comments for Good News and Bad News for Game of Thrones Fans

  1. UKBaker24
    11:52 am October 30, 2019 Permalink

    I hate to be Mr. Negative but they can make as many spinoffs as they want, it will never take away the fact they ruined that last season man. Seasons 1-6 are the greatest in cinema history, season 7 was iffy at parts but good enough. So they had the world at the tip of their fingers for season 8, a chance to put a fitting ending together to one of the greatest stories ever told, and they BLEW IT!! I’m still sick about it

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      12:07 pm October 30, 2019 Permalink

      It started out decent enough and then it went to complete sh!t.

    • damage_control
      12:14 pm October 30, 2019 Permalink

      Imo season 6 was pretty damn poor as well.

    • J-Dub421
      2:05 pm October 30, 2019 Permalink

      I blame George R R Martin. The first book of the series was published in 1996, and book 5 (the last one out) was published in 2011. It’s been more than 20 years since the start of the series, and 8 years since the last book came out. He’s had more than enough time. Just finish the series dude.

  2. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    12:07 pm October 30, 2019 Permalink

    It started out decent enough and then it went to complete sh!t.

  3. eyebleedblue
    1:16 pm October 30, 2019 Permalink

    Thankfully those 2 aren’t involved that ruined the last season so they could get to a Star Wars trilogy that ended up getting canceled. With Martin involved, it shouldn’t disappoint.
    Still holding out hope in a decade or so HBO will pick up where they left off….. without Bran.

  4. PeterSagan
    1:24 pm October 30, 2019 Permalink

    When is the Funkhouser Situation podcast coming back?

  5. J. Did
    5:29 pm October 30, 2019 Permalink

    “If they satisfied insatiable viewers – the end – they’re are done….off to smoke a cigarette.”

    “Provide the eager want. They will return, en masse.”

    Burt Reynolds, quoting PT Barnum.