Sophie Turner Reveals Whether She’d Be Willing to Return for the ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel

Game of Thrones fans were heartbroken when the beloved fantasy TV series wrapped up in 2019, especially since many were disappointed by the way the show ended. Unfortunately for disgruntled viewers, calls for a season 8 do-over aren’t likely to go anywhere. HBO has made it clear that it isn’t seriously entertaining the idea of remaking the series’ final season. 

But in a bit of good news for GoT fans, the network is moving forward with a Game of Throne’s prequel. Titled House of the Dragon, it will tell the story of House Targaryen and be set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones. However, if you’re hoping that key GoT stars might show up in the prequel, don’t hold your breath. 

Sophie Turner doesn’t want anything to do with the ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel

Sophie Turner
Sophie Turner at the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards | Amy Sussman/WireImage

On the red carpet at the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards on Jan. 19, Sophie Turner — aka Sansa Stark — talked with Variety about her Game of Thrones experience and whether she’d be interested in being involved in the prequel. 

“I would give anything to go back to what we had, but it wouldn’t be the same,” she said. “It would be different, different people running it.”

“I don’t want to be a part of it,” she added. “‘Unless they give me the big bucks I’m not doing it!’

The actress was paid $150,000 an episode in the show’s later seasons. It sounds like HBO would have to top that if they wanted Turner to return to Westeros. 

‘House of the Dragon’ may premiere in 2022 

Fans might be more eager than Turner to revisit the world of Game of Thrones, but they will need to be patient. While a prequel series is in the works, it likely won’t arrive for another couple of years. 

“My guess is sometime in 2022,” HBO’s president of programming Casey Bloys told Deadline of when we might see House of the Dragon. He added that George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal had started writing the show. There’s also no word yet on casting. Miguel Sapochnik, who directed GoT episodes like “Battle of the Bastards” and “The Long Night,” and Condal will serve as showrunners.  

What will ‘House of the Dragon’ be about? 

Given that the GoT prequel is still in the early stages of development, it’s hard to predict what exactly viewers will see when it finally premieres. But we do know that the series will be based on Martin’s 2018 book Fire & Blood.

That book focuses on the history of the Targaryen family from their conquering of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros through the regency of Aegon III, shortly before the last dragon died out. A second volume will continue the family’s history.

On his blog, Martin talked about how the show came to be and pointed fans to a few books that would prepare them for the series. 

“House Of The Dragon has been in development for several years (though the title has changed a couple of times during that process). It was actually the first concept I pitched to HBO when we started talking about a successor show, way back in the summer of 2016,” he wrote. “If you’d like to know a bit more of what the show will be about… well, I can’t actually spill those beans, but you might want to pick up a copy of two anthologies I did with Gardner Dozois, Dangerous Women and Rogues, and then move on to Archmaester Gyldayn’s history, Fire & Blood.”