Happy Halloween, ghouls and goblins! Welcome to a (possibly) spooky edition of The Monitor, WIRED’s culture news roundup. What do we have in store for you this holiday? Let’s just say if you didn’t dress up as Jon Snow today because you thought the costume would be out of vogue, you needn’t have worried. Game of Thrones, despite having ended five months ago, is once again all over the news. Don’t know why? Read on.
HBO Isn’t Moving Forward With Game of Thrones Prequel Starring Naomi Watts
Less than a day after news broke that Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were stepping away from their planned Star Wars movie trilogy, Deadline reported that a prequel for their show was also on ice. Per the report, the crew and cast of the show’s pilot, which included Naomi Watts, were told recently that HBO was passing on the show. The series, co-created by Kingsman writer Jane Goldman and George R.R. Martin, was intended to take place thousands of years before the events in Game of Thrones.
But Wait! A Different Game of Thrones Prequel Is Happening
OK, so one Game of Thrones show may have been burned, but another is rising from its ashes. During WarnerMedia’s HBO Max presentation to investors this week, the company revealed that it had ordered 10 episodes of a different GoT prequel. House of the Dragon, based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, will be set 300 years before Thrones and will tell the origin story of House Targaryen. No word yet on when it’ll hit HBO.
You Might Be Getting HBO Max for Free
Speaking of HBO, the network’s parent companies, WarnerMedia and AT&T, have finally revealed the launch date for the new streaming service HBO Max. The service will come online May 2020, and while it’s set to cost $14.99 per month, you just might get it for free. If you already subscribe to HBO Now and are billed directly through HBO (and not, say, Amazon Prime), you’ll get a free year. The same goes for folks who currently get HBO through one of AT&T’s video services, like AT&T TV or U-Verse TV. Happy streaming!
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