‘Game of Thrones’: Animated Version Reportedly in the Works

While Hollywood is good for turning animated favorites into live-action projects, sometimes things work in reverse.

That may be the case for Game of Thrones, HBO’s medieval epic series that took the planet by ice storm for eight seasons. While one TV spinoff was already shot down and several others are stewing in the cauldron, there is now speculation that some GOT characters may show up in animated form on HBO Max.

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Sign at after party for ‘Game Of Thrones’ Los Angeles premiere, 2013 | FilmMagic/Getty Images

What’s the gist of the ‘Game of Thrones’ animated series?

An exclusive report from The Hollywood Reporter announced that an animated iteration of Game of Thrones is possibly in development for HBO Max. While no deal has been sealed, the outlet reported that there have been meetings with executives and writers to hash out the details.  

George R.R. Martin’s original series set records, and his books continue to be prime source material. HBO is actively seeking ways to grow the author’s GOT universe for its network and is partnering with him directly.

But with one spinoff focusing on the Targaryen clan on the way, what could an animated show be about? THR reports that it’s shaping up to be an adult-centric story and is pegged as a fantasy drama. HBO has not confirmed any of these rumors.

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Confirmed ‘GOT’ projects

As it stands, House of the Dragon is slated to begin production this year with a 2022 release date. WarnerMedia first announced this spinoff in October 2019 via a press release with a short description.

House of the Dragon, a 10-episode, straight-to-series order “Game of Thrones” prequel. Based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, the series, which is set 300 years before the events of “Game of Thrones,” tells the story of House Targaryen. Co-created by George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal.

According to Variety, Martin’s Tales of Dunk and Egg is also up for a TV adaptation. Like House of the Dragon, this will be a prequel that takes place before the events in A Song of Ice and Fire.

In the books, Duncan the Tall (Dunk) and Prince Aegon Targaryen (Egg), have their own coming-of-age adventures in a world full of political beefs, humor, unsavory family members, and death.

Martin initially broached the idea of a Dunk and Egg series way back in 2013 and indicated he had discussions with HBO. Per Variety, the show would consist of hour-long episodes that span the three novellas.

Some fans want a ‘GOT’ re-do of the original series

As news of the animated series spreads, fans are weighing in with their opinions. Some would like a do-over for season 8, others want a reboot of the entire series once all the books are complete, and some fans are open to anything.

One Redditor summed up their choice with “Animated asoiaf is what we need,” referring to A Song of Ice and Fire. Many agreed that an animated medium would provide much more leeway in the storytelling in terms of character arcs, special effects, time jumps/lapses, and sticking with the books.