No one can shut up about the upcoming Jon Snow-focused Game of Thrones spinoff, including members of the OG show’s cast and creative team.
Since news of the project’s existence broke earlier this month, Emilia Clarke (aka Daenerys Targaryen), Gwendoline Christie (aka Brienne of Tarth) and George R. R. Martin (aka the author of the whole damn book series on which the show and its ever-growing list of spinoffs are based) have all put thoughts/hints/exciting tidbits about the Jon Snow series out into the world. Here’s a little rundown of highlights from what they’ve shared:
The working title is Snow.
This tidbit comes straight from Martin, who shared it, as he does most of his Game of Thrones intel, via a post on his his blog. Martin revealed the project’s working title is Snow.
“I don’t really have a spare moment today, truth be told, but I am making one, since the news has broken about the Jon Snow development and I am being deluged with requests for comment,” he wrote. “So….Yes, there is a Jon Snow show in development. The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER story was largely correct. And I would expect no less from James Hibberd. I have dealt with a lot of reporters over the past few years, and Hibberd is one of the very best, an actual journalist who does all the things journalists are supposed to do (getting the facts right, talking to sources, respecting requests for “background only” and “off the record,” etc) that most of the clickbait sites never bother with. Our working title for the show is SNOW.”
Kit Harington personally came up with the idea for the Jon Snow spinoff.
Emilia Clarke broke this bit herself in a new interview with the BBC in which she confirmed that Kit is the driving creative force behind the show and that, yes, he has talked to some of his former costars about it.
“He has told me about it,” she explained. “And I know it exists. It’s happening. It’s been created by Kit as far as I can understand, so he’s in it from the ground up. So what you will be watching, hopefully, if it happens, is certified by Kit Harington.”
The Jon Snow spinoff has been in the works about as long as the other Game of Thrones spinoff projects that are in the works.
In his SNOW intel blog post, Martin revealed that, even though the world at-large only learned about the series being a thing recently, the GOT Powers That Be at HBO have had the sequel series on their radar for a minute now.
“There are four live-action successor shows in development at HBO,” Martin wrote. “Word got out about three of them some time ago. TEN THOUSAND SHIPS, the Nymeria show, helmed by Amanda Segel. SEA SNAKE, aka NINE VOYAGES, with Bruno Heller. And the Dunk & Egg show, THE HEDGE KNIGHT or KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS, with Steve Conrad writing. I think some of these were officially announced; in other cases, news leaked out. (These things always seem to leak. There are so many people involved, writers, producers, agents, and everyone has assistants, and there is always the guy who runs the xerox machine, and reporters have sources, and people gossip, so… ) SNOW has been in development almost as long as the other three, but for whatever reason it was never announced and it never leaked… until now.”
But George R. R. Martin is also involved.
Consider the Jon Snow series canon because George R. R. Martin is personally working on the series alongside Kit Harington.
“I am involved, just as I am with [the Thrones prequels in the works] The Hedge Knight and The Sea Snake and Ten Thousand Ships, and all the animated shows,” he wrote in his blog post. “Kit’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.”
Brienne of Tarth *could* make an appearance in the show.
Even though there are several Game of Thrones spinoffs in the works, Snow will be the first one that takes place after the events of the OG series. As such, many fans have been (understandably) wondering if any other surviving characters from the original series will make appearances.
It sounds like fan favorite character Brienne of Tarth could definitely show up in Snow—if Kit and George have a story in mind for her anyway. Gwendoline Christie, who played Brienne, says she up for reprising the role.
“Brienne of Tarth is incredibly close to my heart, and I would relish any opportunity to revisit her,” she told Newsweek. “I believe she is enduring.”
But don’t expect any Daenerys flashbacks.
In her interview about the series, Emilia (whose character, Daenerys, infamously met a very controversial end in the Game of Thrones finale), wasted no time dashing any hopes that fans might have about her returning for the new show.
As she put it, “No, I think I’m done.”
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