A sequel series to Game of Thrones, with Kit Harington returning as Jon Snow, was reported by James Hibberd via The Hollywood Reporter on June 16, 2022.
In a BBC interview with Emilia Clarke less than a week later, Clarke confirmed that she had spoken to Harington about the project, and that it was essentially his creation.
The following day, George R. R. Martin confirmed that the series was in development, and had been considered around the same time as A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, The Sea Snake, and 10,000 Ships, but that it had not yet been greenlit.
Writing about the project in a blog post titled SNOW…and Other Stuff, Martin said: “Yes, there is a Jon Snow show in development. Yes, it was Kit Harington who brought the idea to us.
“I cannot tell you the names of the writers/showrunners, since that has not been cleared for release yet… but Kit brought them in too, his own team, and they are terrific.”
During a Q&A session at the official Game of Thrones Convention in LA in December, Harington seemingly teased the plot of his character-led spin-off as he spoke about how he thought Jon would be feeling after his sentence at the end of the original series.
“I think if you asked him, he would’ve felt he got off lightly,” Harington said, according to Entertainment Weekly. “At the end of the show when we find him in that cell, he’s preparing to be beheaded and he wants to be. He’s done. The fact he goes to the Wall is the greatest gift and also the greatest curse.”
Harington continued: “He’s gotta go back up to the place with all this history and live out his life thinking about how he killed Dany, and live out his life thinking about Ygritte dying in his arms, and live out his life thinking about how he hung Olly, and live out his life thinking about all of this trauma, and that’s interesting.
“So I think where we leave him at the end of the show, there’s always this feeling of like… I think we wanted some kind of little smile that things are OK. He’s not OK.”
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