HBO Killed One 'Game of Thrones' Prequel, But Greenlit Another

The much-anticipated Game of Thrones prequel from Jane Goldman was axed Tuesday, but Ryan Condal's House of the Dragon is going straight to series.

It's been a week of ups and downs for Game of Thrones fans. Multiple outlets are now reporting that HBO has canned an unnamed prequel show -- starring Naomi Watts. The pilot was shot over the summer.

The script was from Jane Goldman, who is known for her work on the Kingsman film series and has also produced multiple projects. Thrones author George R. R. Martin was also involved. Goldman would have served as showrunner.

The unnamed show would have starred Naomi Watts alongside Miranda Richardson, Joshua Whitehouse, John Simm, and Marquis Rodrigez. Its story would have focused on a time period five thousand years before the events of Game of Thrones, "centering on an unconstructed era in a land divided into a hundred kingdoms." It was rumored audiences would get a look at the earliest White Walkers and the beginning of the infamous Houses in this project.

HBO Cancels Their 'Game of Thrones' Spinoff
Credit: HBO
Back when the project was announced in 2018, HBO provided the following logline:

The series chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend… it’s not the story we think we know.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the pilot didn't get a series order several weeks ago, but HBO did not confirm until today.

HBO has not commented.

A spinoff titled House of the Dragon is still moving forward at HBO Max, HBO confirmed today. That show will focus on Targaryen kings and their family line. This was the prequel that former Game of Thrones all-star writer Bryan Cogman was scripting at one point, but it seems HBO and new writer, Ryan Condal (Colony), have scrapped that version and started from scratch. 

It's not a good look for HBO in 2019 that they dropped the only prequel series created by and starring women in favor of another GoT show put in the hands of a white male. Especially in light of the flagship series' recent (and consistent) lack of diversity criticisms. 

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Can't stand Naomi Watts so I'm happy they killed that one off.

October 29, 2019 at 10:02PM, Edited October 29, 10:03PM

Simon Chan
Director of Photography

Come on. Apart from Wonder Woman every action, superhero, fantasy shows lately with a female lead has bombed. Capt Marvel was only a success because it was sandwich between the last two Avenger films. Do you think companies should go broke for the sake of going woke just to appease a minority of people who are not even going to be real fans but cheerleaders for a cause which at best divisive but places entertainment as distant secondary consideration.
Metoo has destroyed the final season of GoT.

October 29, 2019 at 10:15PM, Edited October 29, 10:16PM

Simon Chan
Director of Photography

There are so many other femal centric shows. Women are not hurting. They are probably the biggest focus in entertainment right now. That's good... if only the writing was. Everytime these woke pandering production gender swap or female focus a product with women, it rarely if ever feels organic like female led entertainment that has come before.
The new watchmen is unbearable. Regina King is no super hero. She it is too flabby and innocuous looking.

October 29, 2019 at 10:32PM

Vincent Gortho

The showrunners fucked up the last season of GoT so badly, it left a bitter taste to many fans.

I was a hardcore fan, and I will mostly likely skip any spin-off just because of that, I don't care about that "universe" anymore....

October 30, 2019 at 2:06AM


I'm going out on a limb here, but I call BS ... if you were really a hardcore fan, you'd entertain the spin-off.

October 31, 2019 at 3:17PM