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Winter is Not Coming: Game of Thrones Prequel Canceled

 

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The White Walkers mirror the fans reactions to the latest Game of Thrones news. Photosource: HBO

There is a new Game of Thrones theory we’ve all over-looked that’s worth reviewing. Here it is: Ramsay Bolton (or Snow if you want to be petty about it) never actually died. No, instead of being eaten alive by his own hounds he actually transcended his world came into ours and became an HBO studio executive so he could collectively torment the millions of fans who are emotionally attached to this series. Sounds ridiculous I know, but how else do you explain the cancellation of the most promising of the Game of Thrones prequels?The prequel rumored to be called The Long Night/ The Longest Night/ Bloodmoon wrapped up production this last summer and was supposed to pilot in 2020. Only that’s not going to happen anymore. It’s been canceled, beheaded, full-on red-weddinged, by the HBO execs who apparently were not thrilled with the results of the post-production.And now I know what you’re thinking. Was it actually the fault of producers David Benioff and D.B Weiss? And that’s a very reasonable train of thought. After all, they did spectacularly mess up Game of Thrones and they would normally be our prime suspects. However, as they both recently admitted in an interview, they had no idea what they were doing when they started producing Game of Thrones, like literally none. If you were following the show from the start you absolutely guessed that at some point but the validation is appreciated. What’s more, it means that when D&D make their tone-deaf and sometimes downright stupid mistakes they were made from sheer ignorance, and the assassination of this prequel has the taste of someone who just wants to hurt us again. Like if the most sadistic Game of Thrones character came alive this is what they would do this to us. Hence, my theory.But alas, that theory won’t change the fact that we will no longer get to see The Long Night. Set between 6,000 – 8,000 years before Aegon’s conquest this was supposed to be an entirely new version of Westeros set in the Age of Heroes. We were going to see one of Old Nan’s tales come to life. The story about the winter that lasted a generation and would have included the Children of the Forest creating the White Walkers, the Battle for the Dawn, the raising of the Wall and the Night’s Watch, and the founding of House Stark.Believe me when I say that George R.R. Martin has thought out and detailed the history of this fantasy world so meticulously and vividly it rivals our own. If done well, this new series could’ve been a revival of Game of Thrones in its heyday when it was actually cohesive and before D&D played snakes and ladders with his narrative. It even had a promising cast starring Naomi Watts, Miranda Richardson, and Josh Whitehouse. It had a real shot at being good!The studio tried to soften the blow by announcing that they will be focusing on another prequel based on Martin’s other book, Fire and Blood, that will center on the Targaryen dynasty and how they came to conquer Westeros. Now I can’t be the only one who thinks that they’re backing this series because it is more recent in Westerosi history and because fans liked the dragons.Yet, the entire entangled plot lines of house Targaryen were massacred by the show and barely made any sense. Meaning this prequel would have to correct some things before getting into the actual story, otherwise, fans won’t be able to keep up with the expansive history. Not to mention that even with the outrageous budgets HBO usually hands out to anything Game of Thrones related, creating a flock of CGI dragons for this story is going to be one of the main production costs and will leave the other aspects of the narrative and the scenes underdeveloped, as HBO’s other overly expensive show, His Dark Materials, proves.On top of that, there’s still the matter of the final rumored prequel that is supposedly Martin’s pet project. The working title was called Spearcarriers, it is about the everyday soldiers who take part in these great wars of Westeros. But since that’s about all we’ve heard of this series so far, it’s hard to get excited about it.All in all, this cancellation was just proved that even after ending the show, Game of Thrones can still come back to disappoint us. As arguably the most popular show of our generation, HBO is still looking for a way to continue to capitalize on the original show’s success. However, the way their playing yo-yo with our expectations is going to kill the buzz for any prequel, no matter how well cast or well-made, and will leave fans avoiding anything Game of Thrones related altogether. The show may not have been perfect but all of this prequel mess is undermining whatever decent memories we have of the series.Though it should be said, there is still the chance another network could buy out The Long Night and air it themselves. Yet, as we’ve learned, when it comes to the Game of Thrones shows you need to keep your expectations low, it’s safer that way.

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