Actor Kit Harrington might be heading back to Westeros after all.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, HBO is considering creating a “Game of Thrones” sequel, centered around the fan-favorite character Jon Snow. The new spin-off series is reported to be a live-action series, so Kit Harrington is expected to move forward if the series does, in fact, make a return.
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Harrington was nominated for an Emmy twice for his role in the series. In the final season, Jon Snow discovered that he was really Aegon Targaryen, a potential heir to the Iron Throne. However, he turned away from power and retreated North of the Wall with the Wildlings.
Harrington took a semi-retirement to focus on his health after his work on “Game of Thrones.” However, he did appear in the Marvel movie “Eternals” last year, which wasn’t widely received by fans. He also starred in the title role in the National Theater’s live production of “Henry V.”
It remains to be seen what will become of this proposed idea for a “Game of Thrones” sequel. It does make it possible for other characters who survived the battle for Westeros to make a return, such as Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie). There is the possibility that those who have passed on, like Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), will make small appearances through flashbacks or dream sequences.
So far, fans have been focused on the prequel series, “House of the Dragon,” which is scheduled to make its debut on August 21 of this year. The prequel is set two hundred years before the events of “Game of Thrones” and focuses on the civil war between House Targaryen.
In addition to “House of the Dragon,” there are also three other live-action prequels already in the works. “10,000 Ships,” known as Nymeria, is helmed by Amanda Segal. “9 Voyages,” known as The Sea Snake, is being created by Bruno Heller. “Dunk and Egg” is being run by Steve Conrad.
There are also three animated prequel projects, including “The Golden Empire,” which takes place in the Chinese-esque land of Yi Ti.
With so many prequel projects in the works, it remains to be seen if fans will be interested in a sequel series, or if they’ll start experiencing “Game of Thrones” fatigue.
Kit Harrington Checked Into A Mental Health Facility After ‘Game Of Thrones’ Wrapped
After “Game of Thrones” wrapped production, Harrington found it necessary to check himself into a treatment facility after the show’s eighth season so that he could focus on his health.
He broke the news on SiriusXM’s “The Jess Cagle” show, saying that he had checked into a wellness retreat for two years. His rep later told E! News that he was attending a program in Connecticut to “work on some personal issues” related to his mental health.
Harrington confessed that he “went through kind of some mental health difficulties after Thrones and during the end of Thrones, to be honest.” He added that “it was directly to do with the nature of the show and what I’ve been doing for years.”
After the show wrapped and he got treatment, Harrington went into semi-retirement and he is glad to have done so. “I said, ‘I don’t want to work for a year. I want to really kind of concentrate on myself,'” he recalled. “I’m really happy I did that.”
Just when he was ready to “get back on the saddle,” as he put it, the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown started and the entertainment industry shut its door. He joked, “Just when I was wanting to come back to work, the pandemic hit. So I was like, ‘Oh, for god’s sake.'”
Harrington also confessed that he found the pandemic “anxiety-inducing and strange and odd.” He said that he “didn’t see my friends and family,” but added, “But on the whole, my friends and family are all healthy. I’m now a father. Like, on the whole, I had quite a very lucky experience.”
He married “Game of Thrones” co-star Rose Leslie, who played his love interest on the show; they welcomed a baby boy together last February.