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Bryan Cogman's potential Game Of Thrones prequel series axed by HBO

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Bad news for fans of last week’s lovely Game Of Thrones episode. Its writer, Bryan Cogman, has revealed that his spin-off series for HBO, one of five in consideration, will not be moving forward.

“My prequel show is not happening and will not happen. HBO decided to go a different way,” Cogman told The Hollywood Reporter.

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Not much was publicly known about Cogman’s idea, aside from George R.R. Martin’s remark that it was “set during a very exciting period of Westerosi history,” though not much is known about any of the potential Game Of Thrones spin-offs, only one of which is in production. That one, which comes from Jane Goldman, stars Naomi Watts, and is set during the Age of Heroes, is said to explore everything from “the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers” to “the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend.” Martin wishes it were called The Long Night, but it probably won’t be.

Cry not for Cogman, though, as the writer has penned an overall deal with Amazon. “I’m working with Amazon now and helping them out with their shows,” he said. “So it is a good-bye. I am done with Westeros.”

Read the full interview here, wherein he describes last week’s episode as “an exploration of the characters, and for me, personally, a celebration of the characters.”

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Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.