Game of Thrones concluded after eight seasons, with no plans to continue the epic drama series, however, there will be spinoff shows which are currently in pre-production.
Games of Thrones was the biggest television series to come out of the 2010s. Having premiered in 2011, by the time the show concluded with season eight in 2019, it had become a cultural phenomenon. Moreover, during its reign, it amassed over 325 awards, making it the most awarded television series to date.
In 2019, the contentious series finale of the epic drama series concluded the story. Ahead of airing the eighth and final season, HBO confirmed that the six-part season would mark the end of the series.
Games of Thrones Impact
Game of Thrones was not always HBO’s most watched series. When the show first began, the first few seasons of the show were watched by a niche audience. However, with the fourth season, the show’s popularity began to have a global imprint.
This can be attributed to the rise of strong female lead characters, especially Daenerys Targaryen, who was played by Emilia Clarke, and her pursuit to be the rightful heir to Westeros and the Seven Kingdoms. By the end of the show, it was not only the most watched series, but also the most awarded show in television series history.
Will there be a season nine of Game of Thrones?
Given the disappointing conclusion of the Game of Thrones series finale in 2019, it is no surprise that fans of the series continue to inquire if there will ever be a ninth season of the epic drama series. The answer to the question is no.
Ahead of the series finale, HBO executives confirmed that the six-part series finale was the conclusion of the pursuit of Westeros, and the dreaded great war with the White Walkers.
While Game of Thrones did conclude with the eighth season, that does not mean that the franchise is over. As early as 2019, when the end of Game of Thrones was nearing, works on spinoffs began. Currently, there are multiple spinoffs in the work, with only a few that are currently in the pilot-shooting stage.
Why was Game of Thrones’ season eight disappointing?
Games of Thrones was created by D.B Weiss and David Benioff, who were inspired by the epic fantasy series novels by George R.R Martin, titled A Song of Fire and Ice. By the time that Game of Thrones was turned into a television series, Martin had not completed the novels in the series. Therefore, the latter half of the series was written by the creators, who formulated their own ending to the story.
Seemingly, the choice led to the story losing the essence of its popularity, which was a beautifully developing story with compelling character arcs and wondrous worlds. By season eight, the show had arguably lost this nuance and was just a visual feast with characters that lacked motivation.
What Game of Thrones spinoffs are in the works?
While there are a number of Game of Thrones spinoffs in the works, one that was scrapped during the pilot-shooting phase is called Bloodmoon. The spinoff was allegedly said to feature Naomi Watts in the lead female role, and no reasons have been shared on why the series was scrapped.
Although, it was scrapped in 2019, just ahead of the global pandemic, which put the whole entertainment industry on a pause until the “new normal” was set.
Are there more Game of Thrones spinoffs planned?
George RR Martin is reported to have signed an eight-figure deal with HBO to bring more of his novels to life. This means that there are plans to bring more versions of the popular epic drama series to life. Most of the planned spinoffs are currently in the pre-production phase.
More so, as Martin has yet to release a new book since 2014. However, it is believed that the spinoffs will go back further into the past or events mentioned in Game of Thrones, much like the 2022 prequel, House of the Dragon, that is set to premiere this year, in 2022.
More than two years since it concluded, the culture shifting series, Game of Thrones, still has cultural iconoclasts that still permeate to this day. Considering that the show was the biggest show of the 2010s, it is no surprise that it is still relevant to this day.
However, the eighth and final season of the series was universally considered to be a disappointing conclusion for the show. This has led to calls for a ninth season or a revised series finale. However, HBO executives have affirmed that season eight is the only season finale of the series we will ever get.