Amidst all the controversy over Sunday’s series finale of “Game of Thrones”, the final scenes teased the future fates of the surviving characters, with Jon Snow (Kit Harington) exiled to Castle Black to command the Night’s Watch as Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) returned to Winterfell to become the Queen in the North.
Perhaps most intriguingly of all, Arya (Maisie Williams) decided to take a ship and sail west, to “where the maps end” in order to find out what lies west of Westeros.
For many viewers, a lightbulb simultaneously went off above their heads as they suddenly envisioned a sequel featuring Arya’s adventures west of Westeros, along with the hope that “GoT” would somehow continue in some fashion.
Unfortunately, HBO programming president Casey Bloys poured cold water on an Arya sequel.
“Nope, nope, nope,” Bloys told The Hollywood Reporter when asked about the notion. “No. Part of it is, I do want this show — this ‘Game of Thrones’, Dan and David’s show — to be its own thing. I don’t want to take characters from this world that they did beautifully and put them off into another world with someone else creating it. I want to let it be the artistic piece they’ve got.”
While there are no less than three “Game of Thrones” spin-off pilots in the works at HBO, Bloys insists they’ll take place in other eras in author George R.R. Martin’s “GoT” universe, and won’t feature characters from the show.
“That’s one of reasons why I’m not trying to do the same show over,” Bloys continued. “George has a massive, massive world; there are so many ways in. That’s why we’re trying to do things that feel distinct — and to not try and redo the same show. That’s probably one of the reasons why, right now, a sequel or picking up any of the other characters doesn’t make sense for us.”
Fans’ disappointment that “Arya: West of Westeros” will never happen, led to an outpouring on social media.