Game Of Thrones Spinoff About Jon Snow Confirmed, Was Kit Harington's Idea

The Jon Snow actor himself pitched the show to George R.R. Martin, who has now confirmed its existence and shared new details.


Author George R.R. Martin has confirmed a report that HBO is developing a new Game of Thrones spinoff series about Jon Snow and starring Kit Harington. The show has the working title "Snow," Martin revealed on his Not A Blog.

This is one of four live-action Game of Thrones successor shows in the works right now at HBO. The others include Ten Thousand Ships, Sea Snake, The Hedge Knight/Knight of the Seven Kingdoms. Martin said Snow has been in the works for "almost as long as the other three," but, for whatever reason, HBO never announced it and it never managed to leak until now.

"There's not much more I can tell you, not until HBO gives me a green light," Martin said.

Martin also confirmed that it was Harington himself who brought the idea to the author and HBO. Additionally, Harington brought in writers and showrunners, Martin said. These people are "terrific," but their names cannot be disclosed yet, Martin said.

Emilia Clarke, who played Daenerys in the original Game of Thrones, told BBC that she already knew about the new Jon Snow series. "I know it exists. It's happening," she said.

She also spoke about Harington's deep involvement. "It's been created by Kit as far as I can understand, so he's in it from the ground up. So what you will be watching, hopefully, if it happens, is certified by Kit Harington."

Martin is involved in the new Snow series, just as he is with the other Game of Thrones projects. Harington's team came to Martin's home in Santa Fe, New Mexico and worked with Martin and his own team of writers and consultants to "hammer out the show," Martin said.

While Snow and the three other series are in development, that doesn't mean they will ever be released. They are each in the script stage, which means outlines and treatments have been written and approved, Martin said. The writing has gotten as far along as second and third drafts of scripts, Martin said. But again, just because the shows have moved this far, that doesn't mean they will go any further.

"So far, that's all. This is the way television works. Please note: nothing has been green lit yet, and there is no guarantee when or if it will be… on any of these shows. The likelihood of all four series getting on the air… well, I'd love it, but that's not the way it works, usually," Martin said.

"There are all sorts of reasons pilots never get picked up to series, all sorts of reasons scripts never got shot as pilots, all sorts of reasons great treatments never get sent to script. That's the way the business works."

One Game of Thrones spinoff that is definitely happening is House of the Dragon, which releases on August 21. Set before the events of Game of Thrones, it focuses on the Targaryen family. Check out the image gallery above to find out more.

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