Game of Thrones: Bryan Cogman Spinoff Isn’t Happening

Game of Thrones writer Bryan Cogman has confirmed that his spinoff is not moving forward at HBO.

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You know what they say about the game of thrones: you win or you die. Well, one of the many Game of Thrones spinoffs in development just died.

It was previously confirmed that Game of Thrones writer Bryan Cogman was working on the fifth of five announced spinoff pilots for HBO alongside George R.R. Martin. Now in an interview with Variety about last Sunday’s episode, Cogman has revealed that the project is no more. 

“This is it for me in terms of Westeros,” Cogman said. “It’s been a beautifully cathartic thing re-watching the series recently, it’s been ten years of my life.”

Cogman is credited as the writer on nine Game of Thrones episodes, dating all the way back to season 1’s “Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things.” Sunday’s episode, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” represents the last of his involvement on the show. 

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Cogman’s potential Game of Thrones spinoff was the final one confirmed and the first one not to survive the pilot process. It’s unknown what the show would have been about. Cogman signed an overall deal with Amazon last year and can now begin developing new non-Thrones related projects there

According to HBO, there remain four projects in the offing though it’s not a guarantee that they all get greenlit. Of these pilot concepts, the one furthest along in development is The Long Night, which has a title and Naomi Watts attached to star. The Long Night will take place at the end of the Age of Heroes and address the first time Westeros nearly plunged into apocalyptic darkness. Jane Goldman (Stardust, X-Men: First Class) wrote the script for the pilot. 

The other Game of Thrones prequel spinoffs are being developed by Max Borenstein, Brian Helgeland, and Carly Wray. In the War of the Five Kings, Cogman’s spinoff was Renly Baratheon: the first to go. Now the Game of Thrones prequel spinoff game of thrones continues.

Alec Bojalad is TV Editor at Den of Geek and TCA member. Read more of his stuff here. Follow him at his creatively-named Twitter handle @alecbojalad