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One ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel appears doomed

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen and Kit Harington as Jon Snow in the original “Game of Thrones.” Helen Sloan/HBO via AP/HBO via AP

That “Game of Thrones” prequel for HBO that was coming to help us with our sense of loss and help HBO with its brand identity? The one starring Naomi Watts, the one set thousands of years before the story we watched for eight seasons, the one created by “Kingsman” writer Jane Goldman and George R.R. Martin, the one that got the green light back in June 2018?

Well nevermind.

HBO has not confirmed the news, but Deadline is reporting that HBO has decided not to move ahead with the show. Goldman has reportedly been e-mailing members of the cast and crew to say that the pilot is dead.


But don’t grieve too hard. First of all, a second prequel by Ryan Condal (“Colony”) and Martin was also greenlit by HBO, about House Targaryen. Perhaps that pilot will fly. And HBO has a few other “Game of Thrones”-linked scripts in the works.

Also, loyal fans may recall that the original pilot for “Game of Thrones” by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss was a mess and it had to be reshot before HBO would move forward with it. And that wound up working out pretty well in the long run.

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