Game of Thrones: the $30 million pilot of the canceled spin-off gets a preview

Game of Thrones: the $30 million pilot of the canceled spin-off gets a preview

The series supposed to succeed Game of Thrones, Bloodmoon, was canceled five years ago after the creation of an expensive pilot – but images with Naomi Watts have just emerged on the web.

Game of Thrones has long reigned over the series, and with good reason: the HBO production successfully adapted the dark fantasy novels of George RR Martin, and despite a season 8 causing very mixed reactions, fans remained present for the spin-off House of the Dragon.

However, before the Targaryens, there were other contenders for the return of the medieval fantasy universe to the small screens. The Bloodmoon series was supposed to depict the events of the Long Night, but was quickly canceled. Not quickly enough, however, to avoid paying an astronomical sum for the pilot: no less than 30 million dollars for a single episode!

Five years later, it was thanks to the on-set makeup artist that images emerged on the Internet, revealing a first glimpse of the canceled spin-off series.

Canceled Game of Thrones spin-off Bloodmoon reveals first look

At the time, Flora Moody was the personal hair and makeup technician for Naomi Watts and her character, for Bloodmoon and its pilot episode. In any case, this is what emerged from recent publications on her Instagram account, when she presented various photos and videos coming directly from the film set.

In her Instagram post, the artist comments: “Naomi Watts for ‘Bloodmoon’ which, unfortunately, could not be screened. Disappointed that the opportunity to pursue hair and makeup for Naomi’s character was cut short! But a great crew, a wonderful cast and a great time filming in Belfast 5 years ago.”

The pilot episode would have revolved around a marriage between Houses Stark and Casterly, taking place at Casterly Rock. Naomi Watts was set to lead the cast of the spinoff, which would have also featured rising Stranger Things star Jamie Campbell Bower after her captivating performance in season four.

Later, Robert Greenblatt, one of the executives of HBO and Warner Media, explained to The Hollywood Reporter that the cancellation of the spin-off series had nothing to do with its quality: “It wasn’t difficult to watch or horrible or anything like that. It was very well produced, and very spectacular. But it didn’t transport me like the original series did. It lacked the depth and richness that was in the first series pilot.”

To Bloodmoon, we then preferred another spin-off series: House of the Dragon, season 2 of which will soon be released.

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