Perhaps the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel isn’t going to be as popular as it could’ve been, had the main franchise show had a stronger ending. That’s not deterring HBO from moving forward on their project from Jane Goldman and series author George R.R. Martin.
Speaking while at the TCA Summer Press Tour today, network head Casey Bloys made it clear that the prequel’s pilot is done filming, and now it is in the editing phase of the operation. He offered praise for the cast and much of what he’s seen and heard about, but also hasn’t seen a finished product yet. There’s no guarantee that this pilot will get a series order in its current form, as the first pilot for Game of Thrones ended up undergoing a pretty dramatic overhaul, replacing a number of different cast members.
What we’re trying to say here is that it’s possible that the Game of thrones prequel doesn’t come out for some time, if it comes back at all. Because of how polarizing the series finale for the main show was, we have a feeling that the powers that be over at HBO are going to do everything within their power to ensure that this version is right. If they decide to rush it along, what that could mean is that the end product fails from the start and after the series finale took such a beating, viewers may not come back. This is a risk that nobody wants to take when you consider the total value of the franchise.
Remember that there are still other possibilities within the Game of Thrones world beyond just this prequel. HBO is within the “we’re keeping our options open” phase of the operation, one where they are surveying the field. They’ve got enough other shows on their side in between Watchmen, Westworld, and so many more that there’s no need to hurry anything along. There is also a chance at another season of True Detective, though we wouldn’t count on more Big Little Lies. For a while, we thought that there was going to be more in the way of The Night Of, but that limited series looks to be staying that way.
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