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Where Game of Thrones’ sequel series could take Jon Snow

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Even with a wasted final season and three years separating the show’s finale from 2022, Game of Thrones cemented its place in television history as a cultural and fantasy phenomenon, as well as still being one of the network’s most-watched shows. That makes it both surprising and expected that industrial titan HBO is looking to continue it with a Jon Snow-led sequel series, according to The Hollywood Reporter exclusive bomb.

HBO already has the highly anticipated prequel House of the Dragoon premiere this August to chronicle the beginning of the end for the Targaryans’ once-dominant influence over Westeros, but Kit Harington could lead Game of Thrones to even more unexplored territory. This is especially considering series author George RR Martin did not provide any source material beyond the Song of Ice and Fire saga (or the last two novels). Despite the wildly ambitious nature of a possible Jon Snow Game of Thrones a sequel show, there are quite a few general premises that HBO can explore.

Across the wall

Jon Snow’s character bow was probably the second most disappointing in Game of Thrones season 8, just behind Daenerys Targaryan’s, where the White Wolf is surprisingly removed to the Night’s Watch and presumably living out his days beyond the wall. With the Night King defeated along with his army of White Walkers, the Night’s Watch doesn’t seem to have much of a purpose – nor a certain Gray Worm to stay and force Jon’s expulsion in the first place. That said, seeing Jon’s life in the “True North” with the Free Man offers a refreshingly blank desk of condition – or at least the layout for one.

If nothing else, Jon Snow’s curtain call in season 8 is just unlimited enough to provide a fresh show (s) and writing team with the springboard to start a new character. Aside from just seeing the friendship of Jon and Tormund Giantsbane back on the small screen, the vastness of the northernmost regions of Westeros could justify new adventures that will eventually fuel a grander plot and conflict.

Likewise, Jon was the only one in centuries who bothered to see the Free Man as they are, instead of exclusively as voracious “Savages”. Spending those years seeing their humanity and trying to unite the bitter factions on the opposite sides of the Wall against discouragement, a more serious threat could use Jon trying to help reorganize them along with Tormund in the sequel to season 8 as another great mass story.

Game of Thrones – for the most part – was consistently strong in balancing action scenes with character-driven drama, and it was probably at its best in the tense and / or calmer moments of the latter. And just as the original show opens by setting all the moving pieces on the bloody chessboard, Jon Snow’s journey through a newer part of the world to him could be one of those intimate and methodically laid out narrative pieces for the possible sequel to HBO.

If done well and put into clever and tactful hands, this could be HBO’s chance at a great comeback for a character who deserves to keep a place in the “hall of fame” for iconic pop culture fantasy heroes.

West of Westeros

Maisie Williams as Arya Stark as she sails to explore what is west of Westeros.

As ambiguous as Jon’s ending Game of Thrones season 8 was that of Arya Stark. Maisie Williams’ character went on a desperate globe-trotting journey following the Stark family’s cruel separation, and the final season sees Arya decide to leave again to explore literal unexplored territory. The cartographers of the world of Game of Thrones not documented beyond Westeros and Essos, which makes another easy blank canvas for a future creative team to paint themselves.

Although it’s all speculation so far, the original report of this possible sequel series could pave the way for the survivors of the original shows to make a comeback as well. Like Tyrion Lannister, Brienne of Tarth, Sansa, Bran, and Arya Stark could easily justify a place in a brand new dark fantasy epic after they survived Daenerys’ whip-inducing descent into an authoritarian ruler.

There is much of Martin’s rich fantasy world that is still pictured, and the prospect of exploring land beyond Westeros and Essos is exciting, albeit creatively risky. Arya’s rise in swinging buckling adventurer could also have turned into a positive similar to Jon’s expulsion to the Night’s Watch, as it naturally creates another branching plot from a unique perspective.

With this new perspective come new sights that could be explored and what is west of Westeros and the places of Essos that we have not yet seen. So much for maturing into Martin’s tradition, and while HBO is definitely working on others Thrones-related spectacles to expand the world, this sequel led by Jon could bring to life tempting places like the Shadow Lands of Asshai, where dragons are said to have originated.

Jon and Arya's touching reunion in Game of Thrones season 8.

Equally important, though, is that this sequel doesn’t force audiences to go through another handful of seasons without the interaction of Arya and the rest of the Starks.

Her initial exploits across the seas could even be (one of) the POVs to introduce a new threat that forces Arya back home to Jon, Sansa, and Bran; and perhaps to Westeros that Bran and with. is struggling to restructure to bring back that vintage mark of Thrones-aromed political plot.

Exploring more of magic

The dragons of Daenerys Rhaegal and Drogon in Game of Thrones season 8.

Although it’s not the scary high fantasy of genre pillars like the one respected by JRR Tolkien. The Lord of the Ringsthe magic that was present in Game of Thrones there was a sight to behold. On the one hand, the quieter flavors of magic and supernatural we see throughout the show are treated with an alluring air of plot that makes sense in context because magic has finally begun to creep back into the world after the birth of the three dragon sons of Daenerys. .

However, and especially with a show that has a freer narrative dominance of the source material, this sequel may make it possible to lean a little harder towards the wonder – or sadness – of world magic. House of the Dragoon a brighter spot on dragons is expected to shine, but places like the aforementioned Shadowlands would be an easy excuse to show even more of the mythical and mysterious side of things. Mrs. Melisandre brought the cult dark magic of her Lord of Light and given how vast this universe is and the diversity of all people in it, diving into the supernatural and the occult could be captivating to see and a great opportunity for world building.

Season 8 may have left a bad taste in the mouths of many people, but those who think there is any interest in Game of Thrones is dead will probably be in a wake-up call once House of the Dragoonthe numbers of enter. Equally well, the genealogy behind HBO’s decades of experience in the television industry suggests that if someone can wipe out (some) of the stain, that Thrones ending up left for characters like Jon Snow, it’s them.

Game of Thrones is available now on HBO and HBO Max, and House of the Dragoon is set to premiere on August 21st.

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