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'Game of Thrones' fans in for more disappointment as sequel focusing on Arya Stark gets a strict no from HBO

The buzz about a sequel focusing on Arya erupted after Nikolaj Coster-Waldau mentioned in his Instagram story just how much the character deserved a show of her own.

This article contains spoilers for season 8, episode 6

It has been two full days since the series finale of 'Game of Thrones' aired amidst fan disappointment with the final and eighth season, and who were taking solace in upcoming sequels and prequels.

We know there's a prequel already in production, with the working title 'Bloodmoon,' but talk about a possible sequel buzzed all over social media ever since cast-member Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who played the role of Jaime Lannister, opined on his Instagram that if there's one sequel we deserve, it is on Arya Stark, played by Maisie Williams.

As expected, fans leaped to the opportunity of asserting just how brilliant it would be to watch our faceless killer of the Night King pursue her search for what's west of Westeros. The finale ended with the Stark siblings going on their individual ways after the epic battle of King's Landing, while her siblings Bran (Isaac H. Wright) and Sansa (Sophie Turner) sat on their own respective thrones at the very end of the story, Arya decided to go looking for what lies beyond Westeros as "that's where all the maps end." 


But sadly, HBO seems to have no plans of greenlighting a sequel focusing on our gallant hero. Or anything else for that matter. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, HBO programming president Casey Bloys revealed that a sequel based on Arya, or any other character from the show, is not an option for the network. 

"Nope, nope, nope. No," Bloys stressed in his answer to the outlet when asked if a possible Arya Stark sequel could be in the works. "Part of it is, I do want this show — this Game of Thrones, Dan and David's show — to be its own thing," he explained, adding: "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 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 re-do 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."

Maisie Williams as Arya Stark in Game of Thrones. Source: HBO

So that's it, fans. The fate of Aya Stark in terms of getting her own (even though much deserved) HBO show seems not just bleak, but impossible as of now. But you can seek comfort from the fact that several prequels to the show are reportedly in the making, with Bloodmoon transporting us back thousands of years before the setting of Game of Thrones' original story, as we unravel the mystery of how the White Walkers came to be and who the Children of the Forest really were. Good luck with that!

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