HBO president Casey Bloys has ended any hopes of a remake of Game of Thrones’ last season, describing the possibility as something that was never seriously considered. The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones fell short of many fans’ expectations, prompting a petition calling for new writers to take on the responsibility of ending the story in Westeros. That petition attracted over a million signatures, but it was always going to be a futile endeavor. This leaves GoT fans turning to strategy and casino games to tide themselves over until the first spin-off series is released.
Bloys unsurprisingly stood by showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, pointing towards the 32 Emmy nominations garnered by the series as an indication that maybe all wasn’t as bad as the petition suggested. The wording of the petition didn’t pull any punches with its criticism of Benioff and Weiss, declaring them ‘woefully incompetent writers’ who floundered as the television series’ narrative moved beyond the books of George R. R. Martin.
Game of Thrones has always been notorious for its dramatic twists and high-stakes scenes, but these have almost always felt justified in the wider narrative. To put it in a diplomatic and spoiler-free way, the final season’s most controversial arcs and developments failed to hit the jackpot in the same manner as in earlier seasons.
Yet Bloys’ announcement means that the ending of Season 8 is the definitive end to Game of Thrones the television series. However, the wider world of Game of Thrones will live on in other forms. These generations of Starks, Lannisters and Targaryens may have seen their stories come to an end, but those surnames are too popular and too profitable to be put to rest.
Members of these families may well appear in future spin-off series. For now, they play key roles in casino and strategy games based on the television show.
A GoT slot available at online casinos
LeoVegas is one of the highest-rated online casinos that offer free spins to try new games, one of which is a Game of Thrones-inspired slot that heavily features those famous families. Developed by Microgaming, the slot allows players to ally with their preferred clan to unlock different free spin and multiplier bonuses. This is one of the most narrative-heavy slots available at online casinos, which is appropriate given the Game of Thrones theme.
A strategy game available on iOS and Android
Reigns: Game of Thrones is another release that gives players the chance to imagine life through the eyes of their favorite characters. The strategy game from Nerial asks players to make a series of ruling decisions, creating a level of suspense similar to that of the GoT online casino slot. Choose wisely and you remain in power, but choose poorly to succumb to a classic Game of Thrones-esque demise.
Spin-offs and books to come
Casino and strategy games may allow fans to feel connected to Westeros, but ultimately they will be counting down the days until the first television spin-off is launched. The good news is that the pilot for HBO’s confirmed prequel series has recently finished filming. Fans of the books will also have to wait a bit longer, with George R. R. Martin placing a tentative summer 2020 date on its release. However, one thing is now absolutely certain: there is no point waiting for a remake of Game of Thrones’ final season.
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