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Fans who have been dying to see the ‘Game of Thrones‘ spinoff set to star Naomi Watts were not thrilled this week to find out the series wouldn’t be happening. The prequel series had decided not to focus on Targaryens or dragons which has you wondering if that was what ended HBO’s interest in the concept. As the network did put in an order for a 10-episode prequel titled ‘House of the Dragon,‘ it seems that the fantasy elements are what they wanted to focus on.

As to the prequel we’ll never get to see, George R.R. Martin did feel a bit saddened by it not being picked up:

“It goes without saying that I was saddened to hear the show would not be going to series. Jane Goldman is a terrific screenwriter, and I enjoyed brainstorming with her. I do not know why HBO decided not to go to series on this one, but I do not think it had to do with HOUSE OF THE DRAGON. This was never an either/or situation. If television has room enough for multiple CSIs and CHICAGO shows… well, Westeros and Essos are a lot bigger, with thousands of years of history and enough tales and legends and characters for a dozen shows. Heartbreaking as it is to work for years on a pilot, to pour your blood and sweat and tears into it, and have it come to naught, it’s not at all uncommon. I’ve been there myself more than once. I know Jane and her team are feeling the disappointment just now, and they have all my sympathy… with my thanks for all their hard work, and my good wishes for whatever they do next.”

With the author seeming to be more invested in the show that won’t be moving the series, it might be best for fans who are eagerly awaiting him to complete ‘Winds of Winter.’

Were you hoping that the Naomi Watts ‘Game of Thrones’ spinoff had been ordered to series? Would there have been interest in two prequel shows, or should HBO hold back and see if ‘House of the Dragon’ can capture the same kind of audience engagement which ‘Game of Thrones’ had been able to pull off? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


Source: Collider