Westeros’ future is unclear, but one thing is certain: actor Liam Cunningham wishes to be a part of it.
Cunningham played Ser Davos Seaworth on Game of Thrones, and with multiple spinoffs in the works, he wishes to remain in the franchise as long as possible. Cunningham said in a new interview with Den of Geek that he approached Kit Harington about appearing on SNOW.
Most of the Game of Thrones spinoffs in production are prequels, which precludes the original cast from returning. However, we heard in June 2022 that the network was working with Harington on SNOW, a potential Game of Thrones sequel centered on his character Jon Snow and what life is like beyond The Wall when the dust settles. Any character that survived the first series may conceivably appear here, and Cunningham aspired to be one of them.
“I did send [Kit] a text saying, ‘Better call Davos.’ I haven’t heard anything back.” The actor stated in an interview prior to the commencement of the SAG-AFTRA strike.
Cunningham joked that he doesn’t have any insider information on the project: “You probably know more than I do… I wish them the best to whoever’s involved in it, and if the check is big enough, I might even show up again!”
As far as we know, SNOW is still just a concept at this stage, and it may not even be under development. The Hollywood Reporter first reported that the project was in the works last summer, and author George R.R. Martin soon after confirmed it in a blog post. He disclosed the working title and credited Harington and a mystery team of writers he had put together. However, there have been a few shakeups at HBO and in Westeros since then.
SNOW was just one of ten planned spin-offs announced after Game of Thrones concluded. During the development phase, two shows were dropped while House of the Dragon and A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms were selected. That means SNOW was one of six shows in development when they were last heard from. Even for a popular franchise such as this, it’s unlikely that they all get approved. Among others are included live-action prequels for The Sea Snake, 10,000 Ships, and Aegon’s Conquest, as well as two animated series, one about the remote nation of Yi Ti while the other one a mystery.
However, what’s known is that at least some of these six series have been “shelved.” Martin noted in December that “a couple” of the shows had been pushed aside, “but I would not agree that they are dead. You can take something off the shelf as easily as you can put it on the shelf.” While Martin’s outlook is encouraging, the shelf moves at least two of these series a step farther away from fans’ eyes.
If SNOW is still in the works, Harington will have a number of prior co-stars to choose from. Emilia Clarke has stated that she does not wish to appear, while others like Cunningham and notably John Bradley, who played Jon Snow’s best friend Sam Tarly, have expressed their enthusiasm. Meanwhile, fans can look forward to House of the Dragon Season 2 in the summer or fall of 2024.
@westerosies tweets Cunningham’s interest in reprising his role in the potential ‘SNOW’:
Liam Cunningham says he sent Kit Harington a message about returning to his role in the potential Game of Thrones Sequel Series: ‘SNOW’
“I did send [Kit] a text saying, ‘Better Call Davos”
— westerosies (@westerosies) August 7, 2023