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What HBO has Planned for the Future of Game of Thrones

The Iron Throne

Game of Thrones was more than just a TV show, it was a phenomenon. Even the people who hadn’t ever watched the show had a pretty good idea as to what was going on in it. Game of Thrones raised the bar so high that every other show ended up being compared to it, and a ton of TV shows even mentioned their characters watching it. Everything about that show was gold, except for maybe that last season. This might be because that the books the show was initially based on, the Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R.R Martin, aren’t complete yet and the showmakers had to improvise for the final season. Had the last season been based on the latest book, it might have had a completely different outcome.

If you are wondering whether we’ll get a season 9, that’s a big NO. Showmakers have confirmed it’s the end of the war for the seven kingdoms. However, a spin-off, or maybe even two, are definitely underway.

Read on to know more.

The Game of Thrones Spin-off

Considering how successful Game of Thrones was, it only made sense for HBO to start working on a spin-off, and that is just what they are up to. The most likely spin-off we will get seems to be The Long Night, which sounds like it is referring to the long winter that plagued Westeros before the war of the seven kingdoms. In that case, the spin-off will most definitely be a prequel to Game of Thrones. A pilot for The Long Night has already been ordered by HBO and is being written by Jane Goldman working alongside Martin.

In addition to The Long Night, there are currently four more potential spin-offs being planned, although release might not be as likely as that of the Long Night.

The Long Night: Release Date 

Filming for the spin-off began in the summer of 2019, although we assume the current pandemic has put production to a halt. Therefore, it is currently too soon to speculate the release date, but do not expect it any time before 2021, or even 2022, considering how much effort goes into making this show. 


Naomi Watts and Josh Whitehouse are confirmed to be playing the female and male leads in The Long Night. Other cast members include Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Miranda Richardson, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sheila Atim, Ivanno Jeremiah, Georgie Henley, Alex Sharp, and Toby Regbo. The pilot will be directed by SJ Clarkson (Jessica Jones).

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