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Upcoming HBO shows worth checking out
No matter how you feel about Game of Thrones, it certainly was a show that became a truly global pop culture phenomenon. But it ended almost three years ago, so it’s time to forget about it and focus on other upcoming HBO series, some of which may even be better than the popular GoT.
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HBO wants to compete more directly with the big streaming video services, particularly Netflix. It has a wide range of series that will soon be available. They may convince people to sign up for the service. You’ll find the six most interesting ones below, along with approximate release dates. You can sign up for HBO Max, the recent streaming service for the network, at the link below.
Upcoming HBO series:
Editor’s note: We’ll update this list with more upcoming HBO series once they are announced.
Hellraiser – In development
Clive Barker’s 1987 horror film Hellraiser has spawned tons of sequels, along with comic books and other merchandise. Now, HBO wants to expand the franchise into a full-fledged series. Deadline reports that Danny McBride, who has created many HBO comedy series (Eastbound and Down, Vice-Principals, and The Righteous Gemstones), will be one of the executive producers of the show. The pilot, and several episodes, will be directed by David Gordon Green, who directed 2018’s Halloween movie reboot.
The original movie introduced horror fans to the Cenobites, a race of S&M-inspired creatures who appear to humans after they solve a puzzle box. Their goal is to harvest human souls. Pinhead, the leader of the Cenobites, instantly became a horror icon. There’s no word if this character will reappear in the series.
Parasite — In Development
Parasite, the surprise winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2020, is currently in development at an upcoming HBO series. The movie’s writer and director Bong Joon Ho will help develop the series as well, alongside director Adam McKay (Don’t Look Up). Bong Joon Ho has stated he had lots of ideas for Parasite that he couldn’t fit into the short length of a movie, so it should be very interesting to see what he comes up with. As with the film, the series will look at a family with little financial prospects that work for a rich family as their hired help.
Dune: The Sisterhood – 2023
HBO Max will stream this prequel series to the recent movie adaptation of the sci-fi novel Dune. The series will look into the backstory of the female-based Bene Gesserit, a group that uses Dune’s spice to enhance their mental powers so they can influence people in power in this universe. It’s currently unknown if Rebecca Ferguson, who played the Bene Gesserit Lady Jessica in Dune and its upcoming sequel, will reprise her role in the TV series.
The Last of Us – 2023
Naughty Dog’s two games in The Last of Us franchise have become both critical and sales hits for Sony’s Playstation console. HBO is now turning the video game universe into a TV series. The video games mostly take place in the near future, years after a plague has turned infected humans into zombie-like creatures. The series will follow, at least at first, the plot of the first game, as a cynical survivor named Joel, played by The Mandalorian’s Pedro Pascal, is hired to safely escort a young girl, Ellie, played by Bella Ramsey, through this post-apocalypse United States.
The series is being co-written by Neil Druckmann, who lead the development of both of the games at Naughty Dog. The other co-writer is Craig Mazin, who wrote the acclaimed HBO mini-series Chernobyl. Kantemir Balagov will direct the pilot for The Last of Us. It may be the biggest upcoming HBO series since Game of Thrones, with one possible exception.
House of the Dragon (Game of Thrones spin-off) — August 21, 2022
When HBO first announced plans in 2017 to do a spin-off of its most popular show, it seemed like a no-brainer. HBO commissioned a pilot for one untitled spin-off, which was co-created by Game of Thrones’s ultimate master — George R.R. Martin. The other co-creator was Jane Goldman, who has written or co-written movies like Kick-Ass, The Woman In Black, and the two Kingsman spy films.
The pilot took place thousands of years before the events of the Game of Thrones show. Naomi Watts was cast as the lead character. This character was described as “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.” After filming the pilot in 2019, HBO decided to pass on the series.
However, HBO surprised many by announcing plans to go forward with another Game of Throne’s spinoff. This one will be called House of the Dragon. Unlike their first spinoff plans, this show will go straight to series. It was co-created by Martin and Ryan Condal. It will take place 300 years before the main series. The series will follow the rise and fall of House Targaryen. Miguel Sapochnik, who directed several episodes of the original series, will direct the pilot and additional episodes.
Filming has been completed for season 1, with cast members that include Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon (also known as The Sea Snake), Olivia Cooke as “Alicent Hightower, and Rhys Ifans as “Otto Hightower. HBO will debut the 10 episode series on August 21, 2021. It’s definitely the biggest of the upcoming HBO series.
Jon Snow (working title) – In Development
HBO is still very high on the Game of Thrones franchise. While the House of the Dragon series is set for its debut in August, the network is in early development for a sequel series that would center on the fan favorite character Jon Snow. The Hollywood Reporter stated earlier in 2022 that GoT actor Kit Harington is set to reprise his role as Snow in this series. The honorable warrior and leader was last seen in the final episode of Game of Thrones joining the Wildlings in exile north of The Wall after killing his lover (and aunt) Daenerys Targaryen. A sequel series means we could also see the return of other GoT actors reprising their roles.
Upcoming HBO Series – More Game of Thrones spin-offs possible
In addition to the confirmed House of the Dragon and the Jon Snow series, HBO is still reportedly developing more Game of Thrones spin-offs. Variety claims that the network is working on “Tales of Dunk and Egg.” This would be based on a series of three novellas from Martin that take place 90 years before the events of the first novel, “A Song of Ice and Fire.” They follow the adventures of two characters: Ser Duncan the Tall (Dunk) and a young Aegon V Targaryen (Egg).
Additionally, The Hollywood Reporter claims that HBO Max is developing at least three Game of Thrones animation projects. It’s possible that none of these shows will be made, but at least they are in some kind of development.
Admittedly, none of these shows can truly fill the void left behind by the absence of Game of Thrones. However, it’s nice to know that there is still plenty of upcoming HBO series to look forward to watching. Is it enough to keep a subscription? That’s up to you, but even if you leave, it’s easy enough to subscribe to the HBO Max streaming service again later.