When they said when play the Game of Thrones, you either win or you die, they weren't joking. HBO has pulled a Red Wedding on its untitled Game of Thrones prequel series that was developed by Jane Goldman and George R.R Martin. Set a thousand years before the events of Thrones, the prequel had already shot starring Naomi Watts, John Simm, and an expansive ensemble cast. The long-gestating series had been expected to air sometime next year, but that's no longer the case as the prequel is no longer happening.
"Taking place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, the series chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East, to the Starks of legend… it’s not the story we think we know.”
HBO ordered the pilot from a collection of potential spin-offs to their then soon to be ending Game of Thrones back in September last year. Much like every TV series, production on the pilot had its share of troubles, and it was understandable that HBO wanted to get a prequel to their flagship series done the right way. However, early reports indicated that the pilot wasn't well-received by HBO, and a drastic overhaul in post-production was needed. As we all know, the pilot for Game of Thrones has been described by its creators as a hot mess. The original unaired pilot was more of less reshoot entirely, so the decision to bin the prequel altogether seems a little hasty.
HBO recently announced another Game of Thrones spin-off was in development, but we'll have to wait and see if it becomes a reality. One thing's for sure, HBO wants to stay in the Game of Thrones business; it just might take them a bit more time than they expected before fans get to see something on the screen. At the time of writing, there are no plans for the pilot to be broadcast.