George R.R. Martin Still Hasn’t Seen the Canceled Game of Thrones Prequel Pilot

Game of Thrones is the creation of writer George R.R. Martin; however, even he wasn’t allowed to see the canceled prequel pilot from HBO. As the original series was coming to its end, HBO was looking at ways to expand the GOT universe, with several spinoffs in the works during 2018. One of these was the prequel focused on The Long Night, titled Bloodmoon.

Bloodmoon would have occurred years before Game of Thrones, during the Age of Heroes and the much talked about winter, The Long Night. The series was reported to star Naomi Watts and focused on a period that was only discussed within the A Song of Ice and Fire novels. According to The Hollywood Reporter, not even George R.R. Martin has seen the scrapped pilot.


The episode wasn’t a disaster like the original GOT pilot, which never aired. However, it had problems that HBO didn’t believe could be fixed. WarnerMedia chairman Robert Greenblatt says, ‘It wasn’t unwatchable or horrible or anything, it was very well produced and looked extraordinary,’ he continues, ‘But it didn’t take me to the same place as the original series. It didn’t have that depth and richness the original series’ pilot did.’ In addition, the pilot reportedly cost $30 million to produce, forcing HBO to eat the losses of the costly episode.

Even Martin shared his skepticism due to the show’s plot having little reference material.

“Bloodmoon was a very difficult assignment. We’re dealing with a much more primitive people. There were no dragons yet. A lot of the pilot revolved around a wedding of a Southern house to a Northern house and it got into the whole history of the White Walkers.”

HBO can avoid some of these pitfalls with the upcoming House of the Dragon series, which is based on the established 2018 novel by Martin, Fire & Blood.

Fans Are Heading Back to Westeros Next Month

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Another Game of Thrones spinoff was greenlit and makes its way to HBO later next month. House of the Dragon, a prequel to the original series, will arrive to fans’ excitement on Aug. 21st. The series stars Paddy Considine, Olivia Cooke, Emmy D’Arcy, Matt Smith, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Rhys Ifans, Sonoya Mizuno, Fabien Frankel, Milly Alcock, and Emily Carey.

Miguel Sapochnik, Greg Yaitanes, Clare Kilner, and Geeta Vasant Patel are directing episodes for the first season. Sapochnik is behind some of the most beloved episodes in Game of Thrones, including Hardhome, Battle of the Bastards, and The Winds of Winter. Ryan J. Condal, Charmaine De Grate, Jocelyn Diaz, David Hancock, George R.R. Martin, Miguel Sapochnik, Ron Schmidt, Vince Gerardis, Sarah Hess, and Greg Yaitanes are executive producers for the series.

House of the Dragon releases on HBO and HBO Max next month, August 21st.