GoT Spin-Off Series Gets A Tentative Premiere Date

Posted by at 2:35 pm on January 15, 2020

A spin-off series to the mega-hit Game Of Thrones has been in the works for a while now and we finally have a bit more clarity on when it will finally debut.

HBO programming chief Casey Bloys spoke about the potential for more at the Television Critics Assn. tour on Wednesday. He also nailed down a premiere year for Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon, saying that “his best guess” is the series will debut in 2022.

As for the Game of Thrones prequel pilot starring Naomi Watts, which HBO ultimately passed on, the cause of death was characterized as no singular thing.

“Pilots – sometimes they come together, sometimes they don’t,” said Bloys. “And I would say that was very much the case here. There’s nothing I would point to and say ‘Oh, this was the problem.’”

He added that Jane Goldman, who co-created the project with George R.R. Martin, took on the challenge of world-building “beautifully.”

“That [prequel] was 8,000 years before the current show, so it required a lot more invention,” he said. “One of the benefits of ‘House of the Dragon’ is there was a text from George and there was a little bit more of a roadmap. [Goldman’s prequel] did have more challenges in terms of establishing a world, but I think she handled that beautifully… there wasn’t one glaring thing.”

“House of the Dragon,” meanwhile, should come to HBO’s airwaves in two years, though Bloys was not able to narrow down a premiere date at this stage of development. No production dates have been determined yet.

“They are in the room breaking story right now,” he said. “My guess is we’ll see it on the air in ’22.”

Meanwhile, ahead of the launch of HBO Max in May, Bloys addressed the idea that HBO’s curated identity as a prestige cabler may face brand dilution, essentially taking a wait-and-see approach to how consumers receive the new streaming service.

“You think about all of the disruption we’re seeing in the industry; [that’s] because the cable bundle is unraveling,” he said. “Even in that bundle, HBO was always positioned next to channels that may not have the same brand halo that an HBO does. In any media landscape, you do have to be part of a larger service or bundle. In this case it’s something that WarnerMedia owns and controls, so there is some benefit to that, in terms of trying to control and make sure HBO does have standalone identity and is treated like that.”

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