Game of Thrones concluded its eight-season run in 2019, which feels like a very long time ago. With the momentum HBO had with its audience, many had expected to see a spinoff immediately released. Instead, HBO has been working quietly ever since. Right now, they’re finally in production on House of the Dragon, a spinoff series centered on the House Targaryen 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones. In March of this year, Deadline reported that HBO was actively working on three additional spinoff series to expand George R.R. Martin’s universe. Now, Deadline is reporting that one of those additional projects is officially moving forward.
The new Game of Thrones spinoff is currently being called 10,000 Ships and centers on the character Princess Nymeria. The series will take place 1,000 years before the events we’ve seen, which also means it takes place long before House of the Dragon, the other spinoff series currently in development. House of the Dragon is a very different series from 10,000 Ships. House of the Dragon will focus on the House Targaryen, a family line that Khaleesi was born to. They have long white hair and ride dragons. It’s easy to see why this is the spinoff series HBO is starting with. GoT fans love their dragons.
Game of Thrones takes place in Westeros. The humans there all descend from three ethnic groups, one of them being the Rhoynar. During the Rhoynish Wars wars, the Rhoynar were forced to flee the river banks they lived on. They made this journey in ten thousand ships, hence the name of the new series. The main character for 10,000 Ships, Princess Nymeria, was considered a warrior queen who led the Rhoynar. When they had to flee the riverbanks, she led the ten thousand ships away from their home, to a new land, and helped reestablish life for her people. She ruled for two decades and set laws that remained a thousand years later.
Clearly, she went down in Westeros history. On Game of Thrones, Arya Stark named her direwolf Nymeria. That makes sense, considering that Princess Nymeria was known as a warrior queen and Arya was a fighter.
HBO has teamed up with writer Amanda Segel for the Game of Thrones spinoff series. Her writing credits include the TV series Person of Interest, The Mist, and an upcoming series called Skull & Bones. While Amanda Segel hasn’t yet tweeted anything about her work for 10,000 Ships at the time of this writing, she has updated her profile to say, “I write things. Pirate in training. Skull and Bones for Ubisoft. Nymeria and her 10,000 Ships on the horizon.” Because HBO has declined to comment on the new series, they haven’t shared why Segel was chosen what she brings to the show, but it’s fair to say she seems excited about the opportunity to take the project on.
After the controversial Game of Thrones finale aired, some enthusiasm and fandom from anyone coming into a spinoff feels promising. Here’s hoping for a spinoff full of sword fights, scary warrior queens, and some rekindling of the epic-fantasy magic that fans of the original series still miss today.