Media analysts Parrot Analytics said HBO’s “Game of Thrones” was still the most talked-about show through 2020, a year after it finished.
Much of the credit must go to the spectacular way in which the world of Westeros was brought to life by showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff, and above all to the rich story-telling of George R.R. Martin, on whose books the show was based.
However, it may be no surprise that concocting the next hit fantasy television show looks challenging.
HBO has multiple prequels in development, though only one, “House of the Dragon” is so far greenlit. Amazon, meanwhile, has forked out 250 million dollars for the rights to “Lord of the Rings”.
But the stakes are high, as the makers of “Game of Thrones” found when the final series was vilified by fans for seeming rushed.
Some 1.8 million people – and counting have signed a petition demanding the concluding season be remade “with competent writers”.