“The night is dark and full of terrors.” Given the current scenario, one can safely replace ‘the night’ with ‘our future’. But in this utter darkness of boredom and paranoia, can ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 9 see a ray of hope? Let’s find out.
- ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 in a quick recap
- Season 9 or a new GoT prequel?
- Is ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 9 happening or not?
Based on George R.R. Martin’s popular book “A Song of Ice & Fire”, HBO’s fantasy drama series ‘Game of Thrones‘ finally came to an end in May 2019. The finale was much awaited and highly anticipated, but it managed to garner a polarising response from the fans. Some thought the story completed the full circle with Daenerys inevitably transforming into her father, the Mad King, while others felt disappointed with how the makers chose to climax an eight-year-old buildup in just six episodes. 1.7 million enraged fans even signed a petition for HBO to redo ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, without the showrunner-writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 in a quick recap
The eighth and final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ premiered on April 14, 2019, and concluded on May 19, 2019, with just six episodes, making it the shortest season among the other seven. It upheld the culmination of the series’ two primary conflicts: the Great War against the army of the dead, and the Last War for control over the Iron throne. The battle at Winterfell comes to an end with Bran luring the Night King into the open and Arya stabbing him in the heart, turning his army of white walkers to dust.
Meanwhile, Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) remains at King’s Landing, strengthening her forces to defeat Daenerys. To conquer the Iron throne, an infuriated Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) mercilessly burns down King’s Landing with her last dragon Drogon, defeating and killing Cersei and her brother Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau).
Gloriously walking on her path of destruction, from which Jon fails to sway her, he finally stabs her in the heart. Drogon flies away with Daenerys’ lifeless body. In the absence of the “Mad Queen”, the leaders of Westeros now choose Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) as King, who grants independence to the North and appoints Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) as his Hand. Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan) is declared the ruler of the Iron Islands. After all her struggles, Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) is rightfully crowned the Queen in the North. While a faceless Arya (Maisie Williams) sails west, Jon (Kit Harrington) leads the wildlings North of the Wall.
‘Game of Thrones’ Season 9 or a new GoT prequel?
With all major arcs closing with season 8, fans were left with many questions: How would Arya’s adventures continue west of Westeros? How is Jon Snow leading his life north of the Wall? Some fan theories even suggest that Drogon could be flying Daenerys’s body to the second Red woman in Essos who could bring her back to life with magic.
But, in a declarative statement to “The Hollywood Reporter”, Casey Bloys, president of programming at HBO, said, “That’s not happening. This story, “A Song of Fire and Ice”, is done. There’s no revival, reboot, spin-off talk”.
That very year, a prequel series set thousands of years before the events of ‘Game of Thrones’ was reported, with George R.R. Martin and Jane Goldman as the writers. Titled ‘Blood Moon’, the prequel series was reported to star Naomi Watts as “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret”.
However, the final pilot wasn’t approved by HBO, hence it was dropped. Immediately, another prequel with 10-episode per season was greenlit by the studios. In a 2019 tweet, HBO announced the new series titled ‘House of the Dragon’, with the image of the Targaryen family sigil and the tagline reading “Fire will reign”.
There were three other potential prequel series with HBO, of which one got shelved even before going into development. Nothing has been officially greenlit or cancelled, but despite not wanting to continue the story of ‘Game of Thrones’, the network doesn’t seem intent to give up just yet.
Is ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 9 happening or not?
When ‘Games of Thrones’ premiered back in 2011, it went to break all television records with its gargantuan production value, viewership, and epic storylines, which just got better with every season. Not just rating-wise, the show was also critically unstoppable. But unfortunately, the show creators set the bar so high, that in the end, they themselves failed to achieve it.
The breakneck pacing of season 8 also took George R.R. Martin by surprise, as he believed the series needed to run far longer. Unfortunately for fans, creators have declared that there will not be another season of ‘Game of Thrones’ – although other spin-offs like prequel series are in the pipeline. But, definitely, winter is not coming this December.
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