HBO is planning on a summer 2024 return for House of the Dragon, the spinoff series that acts as a prequel for the wildly successful Game of Thrones show.
Francesca Orsi, HBO’s drama chief, elaborated on the state of the Game of Thrones universe and how long they intend to let the House of the Dragon “fly” in an interview with Deadline, saying:
“It hasn’t been finalized yet, it’s still under discussion. George (R.R. Martin) and Ryan (Condal) are going to meet after the writers strike. They had originally planned to meet before the strike took place and that was to figure out at what point the series itself was going to end.
Is it four seasons? I don’t think from where I sit at this point will be any less than four. But could be more. We’ll see.”
The first season of House of the Dragon, which consisted of 10 episodes, finished up back in October of last year. The developing second season plans to only go for 8 episodes.
And as for a potential spinoff featuring Kit Harington’s Jon Snow character, Orsi didn’t give much to chew on. The show had apparently been pitched by Martin last summer after Harington said that he would be on board.
That made things seem like the idea could actually happen, but this quote from the “HBO Big Wig” threw some water on the campfire (that works as a metaphor, right?).
“We’re just working deeply with the writers to get it in shape for potential green light, but at this point, no, no determination on whether it can go all the way.”
There’s even a timeline issue with the Jon Snow story, meaning that even if HBO ordered the project this year, the soonest it could write, produce, and pull off the series would be 2025.
That might be too long of a gap for Game of Thrones fans to stay interested, so the likelihood of a Jon Snow series seems to be dwindling.
Looks like fans will have to just hurry up and wait for House of the Dragon to return…