HBO’s Game of Thrones was a worldwide phenomenon. So, after it concluded, millions waited with bated breath to learn what kind of Game of Thrones prequels we would get in the coming years.
A year before the show ended, a Game of Thrones prequel starring Naomi Watts was announced. Some called it The Long Night, but it remains officially untitled. The pilot was completed in Summer 2019. However, the prequel was cancelled in October, without explanation.
A day or two later, a new prequel (House of the Dragon) was ordered without a pilot even being filmed.
No reason was given for the switcheroo. Even the author of A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin, said that he did not know why it was cancelled.
According to an employee with access to prequel footage, The Dragon Demands says that the Naomi Watts-starring prequel was cartoonishly racist because of two reasons:
- In a misguided attempt to shoehorn diversity into the cast, HBO cast black actors as “children of the forest.” In case you forgot seasons 4 and 6 of Game of Thrones, “children of the forest” are a different species from humans. That’s right: black actors were being hired to play non-humans across from exclusively white actors playing humans.
- Also, a planned plot point detailed a curse put on the black characters to turn them into monster-like beings.
“This looks like something from Mein Kampf,“ comments one of The Dragon Demands’s viewers.
Apparently, it took many months for someone at HBO to realize this was beyond problematic. If this YouTuber’s source is to be believed.
Of course, The Dragon Demands admits he has no solid proof. But he says he trusts his source, since this insider provided him with other exclusive info that turned out to be true.
Hopefully, the details have been blown out of proportion. If not, at least we can rest assured that this problematic prequel was cancelled early on.