Ever since the finale aired on Sunday, fans of Game of Thrones have been clamoring for a sequel featuring Arya Stark. There’s even a petition online and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who played Jamie Lannister, supports it.
However, executives at HBO are saying “not today.”
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, programming president Casey Bloys said, “Shows have to come to an end. This was eight seasons, it’s a great epic and shows have to come to a close. It’s part of the TV life cycle.”
And when asked specifically about Arya, he replied:
Nope, nope, nope. 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. That’s one of the reasons why I’m not trying to do the same show over. 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.
There ARE three potential prequels in development, with one already being greenlit, although there’s no air date yet. The pilot for that will begin filming this summer.
As for the other two, they’re still in script phase, although one writer from Game of Thrones says his has been dropped from consideration. Bloys seems to confirm that, saying, “I am not clarifying anything other than yes, we shoot the first pilot in June. There are two more in development and beyond that, there’s nothing else to report.”
So it sounds like fans will have to write their own story for Arya if they want her to have more adventures.