HBO has entered early development stages on its first sequel to its blockbuster fantasy drama, Game of Thrones. According to Variety, the live-action sequel series will be centered on the fan-favorite character Jon Snow and Kit Harington is attached to reprise his role for the spin-off series.
The Game of Thrones star was nominated twice for an Emmy for his portrayal of Jon Snow — a hero who struggled to continue his family’s noble legacy, the Starks, through the events of Game of Thrones. In the show’s eighth and final season, Jon Snow was revealed as the potential heir of the Iron Throne and his true name was Aegon Targaryen. In the Game of Thrones’ series finale, he was exiled from Westeros and took a path North of the Wall with the Wildlings to live a new life away from his newly found identity.
Since the Jon Snow sequel series would take place after the events of Game of Thrones, possible characters from the original show could make appearances including his sisters Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner). It could also open the door for more projects involving the characters that we saw live on in the finale.
After working on eight seasons for the HBO show, the Game of Thrones star appeared in Marvel’s Eternals. Harington played Dane Whitman, Sersi’s (Gemma Chan) love interest. Harington’s Whitman will eventually become the Black Knight and play a bigger part in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He also recently starred in the National Theater’s live production of Henry V. The actor endured some of Thrones most grueling filming including 11 weeks of winter nights in Northern Ireland.
This development news of the Game of Thrones star returning to the franchise means there are now seven G.O.T. projects in the works in addition to the highly-anticipated prequel show House of the Dragon which is set to debut August 21. The prequel, which is set 200 years before the events of Thrones, centers on the civil war story within House Targaryen.
Representatives for Kit Harington and HBO did not immediately respond to Variety’s request for comment. The Hollywood Reporter was first to report the news of the Game of Thrones sequel series with Kit Harington reprising his role as Jon Snow.