Do you remember Bloodmoon? The overwhelming success of Game of Thrones over eight seasons convinced HBO to expand the franchise at any cost, which meant spending between 30 and 35 million dollars in the development and filming of a pilot episode for a project that not even George RR Martin ever saw, with Naomi Watts as the protagonist. Now, several images from the failed project have been leaked on social networks.
The information about the failed project is scarce, but it was intended to take us back about 8,000 years in the events narrated in the original fiction, chronicling the decline of the world from the Age of Heroes to the darkest hour in a cold, hard and long winter such as no man had ever known. The series would have explored the horrifying secrets of the history of Westeros, the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East, and the legendary Starks. The first chapter of the series would have allowed us to enter this fantasy world so different from that seen in A Song of Ice and Fire, at the same time that it was told in close-up, featuring a wedding between members of House Stark and House Casterly that would have taken place at Casterly Rock.
However, HBO was not satisfied with the pilot episode and decided to cancel the series in favor of The House of the Dragon. The images that have been shared show Naomi Watts preparing for the wedding, but we will never know what would have happened after that event. The House of the Dragon aired its first season quite successfully at the end of 2022, and the second season is set to arrive this summer, with HBO already giving the green light to a second spin-off project.
These leaked images have been shared by makeup and hair designer Flora Moody on her Instagram, four years after the filming of the failed project took place. It is unclear if HBO has more materials from the canceled series that they may release in the future.