HBO Will Attempt to Replace ‘Game of Thrones’ in November: The Show Set to Take the Mantle

For eight glorious seasons — bursting with blood, sizzling with sex, and captivating with conflict — Game of Thrones captured an unrivaled fanbase. The show, covering vast demographics, was one of HBO’s most successful endeavors to date.

Though many initially deemed the show “not up their alley,” as the medieval setting tends to dissuade many, Thrones managed to overcome all of its presumed niche qualities and capture an overwhelmingly widespread audience.

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Pairing intricate narratives with complex characterizations — thanks to the genius work of author George R.R. Martin — HBO’s Game of Thrones soared to unforeseen heights on the back of its dragons, knights, and queens. While there may never be another Game of Thrones — a television series rivaling the cinema in terms of spectacle — that won’t stop HBO from trying to strike gold twice.

HBO is set to release what many have deemed their “next Game of Thrones” in November. Considering the show will also be based on a book, offer up a talented ensemble, incorporate a fantasy element, and interweave intricate storylines, it should come as no surprise that the comparisons are already coming to the table. 

HBO will attempt to recreate ‘Game of Thrones’ reception with ‘His Dark Materials’

His Dark Materials will launch on November 4, 2019. Based on the book series of the same name by Philip Pullman, the subject material has already been transformed for the screen once before. Back in 2007, The Golden Compass hit cinemas across the nation, yet opened to poor critical and audience reviews. 

Though featuring Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Sam Elliot, and Ian McKellen, the all-star cast failed to make up for the film’s subpar narrative — one that was quite controversial in its original book telling. This time around, HBO hopes to get it right. Are those behind the project up to the challenge?

HBO’s new show will also bring quite the ensemble to the table, as part of its selling point. The show is set to feature James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kit Connor, and more. The series has already been renewed for a second season.

His Dark Materials will offer up a world similar to the fantastical, magical landscape inherent to Game of Thrones, yet feature a more modern setting. How it works: Humans are paired with various demons, who take an animal form, and are linked to the souls of their masters. 

From talking polar bears and witches who fight in glorious battles to various other creatures and conflicts, the show will (hopefully) be a dramatic, character-driven, and socially relevant series, featuring fantasy as a narrative overlay. Sound familiar? Maybe like something else you know? Let’s trade in Daenerys riding a dragon she’s connected to for a human riding a polar bear attached to his soul, and boom! 

Whether His Dark Materials will reach the level of Game of Thrones so soon after the previous show’s finale remains unclear; however, here’s to high hopes that HBO doesn’t butcher the source material.