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Jon Snow — and Kit Harington — to return in ‘Game of Thrones’ spinoff

Kit Harington as Jon Snow in "Game of Thrones."Helen Sloan/HBO via AP

HBO is all about milking its “Game of Thrones” success, and a prequel series, “House of the Dragon” will arrive on Aug. 21. Set some 200 years before the events of “Game of Thrones,” it will not feature any of the major characters from the mothership.

Now comes news that HBO is developing another spinoff series that will revolve around fan favorite Jon Snow, and that will find Kit Harington back in the role. Snow, who discovered his true name was Aegon Targaryen, ended up exiled from Westeros and journeying North of the Wall with the Wildlings.

So, as is frequently the case these days, the end of “Game of Thrones” was not necessarily the end point of its characters. Perhaps other “Thrones” characters will come to visit Jon? Perhaps HBO is going to start following other characters from “Thrones,” in the manner of the “Star Wars” franchise?


With this show and “House of the Dragon” in the mix, HBO currently has at least seven “Thrones” spinoffs in the works, three of which are animated.

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at matthew.gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.