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Jacob Mendez
Jacob Mendez

“Bloodmoon”: The “Game of Thrones” spin-off worth 30 million went to waste

HBO series “Game of Thrones” was broadcast from 2011 to 2019. There were eight seasons based on books by George RR Martin. Viewers loved the characters and their intrigues set in Westeros and Essos, and the cast gained international popularity. The main roles were played by, among others: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington and Sophie Turner. The series won a total of 59 Emmy Awards.

In 2022, the prequel to the HBO hit premiered. History “Dragon bloodline” was based on George RR Martin’s novel “Fire and Blood” from 2018. It tells the story of the Targaryen family and events taking place 200 years before the times in which “Game of Thrones” is set.

It turns out that work on prequels, sequels and spin-offs of stories straight from the fictional Westeros has been going on for several years. There is talk of a series called “Snow”, in which the main character would be the title character Jon Snow. In turn, “The Sea Snake” would tell the story of Corlys Velaryon, whom viewers met in the series “Roman of the Dragon”. The prequel “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight” would be set 90 years before the events of “Game of Thrones”. What’s more, there is talk of another prequel, which would be set a thousand years before the plot of the HBO hit. The series was tentatively called “Ten Thousand Ships” and would follow the fate of Princess Nymeria, ancestor of the Martell family. Its fate is unknown, there were rumors about its alleged cancellation – similarly to the previously mentioned “The Sea Snake”.

The spin-off “Bloodmoon”, in which Naomi Watts was supposed to play the main role, never saw the light of day. The creators shot the first episode, but the next ones were never made. The production was never widely distributed. HBO canceled series that cost as much as $30 million.

Recently, photos from the set of “Bloodmoon” were leaked online. Naomi Watts played a member of House Casterly, ancestors of the Lannisters. Her character was described as “a charismatic salon patron hiding a dark secret.” The action was supposed to take place thousands of years before the events of “Game of Thrones”. Casterly Rock was supposed to appear in the series – a location that served as the Lannister house in the HBO hit, but was never shown on screen.