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Upcoming HBO shows worth checking out

From more GoT spin-offs to a series based on a hit PlayStation game, there's lots to look forward to on HBO.
November 11, 2022
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Game of Thrones became HBO’s biggest original series, even with a final season that continues to divide critics and fans. Now, HBO and its streaming service HBO Max have another huge hit with the Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon, with over 20 million people worldwide watching the first episode in its first week and actually gaining more people as the season went on. The show has already been picked up for a second season, but it likely won’t be made available until 2024. However, there are several other upcoming HBO series that could be as big of a hit as the Game of Thrones shows, including more spin-offs for that franchise.

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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.

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Editor’s note: We’ll update this list with more upcoming HBO series once they are announced.

Hellraiser – In development

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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

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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

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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. The show itself will take place 10,000 years before the events of Dune (book and movie) The cast members that have been announced include Emily Watson and Shirley Henderson, who will play sisters Valya Harkonnen and Tula Harkonnen, respectively. These two women will eventually form the Bene Gesserit group.

The Last of Us  – Jan 15, 2023

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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.

Read more: The Last of Us TV show on HBO: Everything we know

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 original upcoming HBO series since Game of Thrones. The first episode will debut on Jan. 15, 2023.

True Blood reboot – In Development

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Before Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon, HBO launched True Blood, a fantasy horror series set in an alternate modern-day America where vampires, witches, werewolves, and other creatures live alongside human beings in public. The original series, adapted from The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris by Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball, merged sex and violent horror scenes with discussions about AIDS, race, and other big topics. Now HBO is working on a reboot of True Blood. Details have still not been revealed, but the pilot script is being written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Jami O’Brien, with Ball involved as an executive producer.

Jon Snow (working title) – In Development

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As you can imagine, HBO is still very focused on the Game of Thrones franchise, thanks to the success of the House of the Dragon. The network is also 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.

The Sympathizer – TBA

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Robert Downey Jr. returns to TV in this upcoming HBO adaptation of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The novel centers on a Vietnamese communist spy who is sent to the US around the time of the end of the Vietnam War. Downey Jr. will actually be playing multiple roles in the series, from a CIA agent to a US congresman to a Hollywood film director.

Upcoming HBO Series – More Game of Thrones spin-offs are possible

In addition to 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. You can check out all of the spin-offs in development, and two that have already been canceled, in our dedicated article to those shows.

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.