This Star Wars Andor actress talks about the canceled Game of Thrones prequel
Published on 26/11/2022 at 17:52
Denise Gough is currently showing the series Star Wars: Andor, broadcast since last September on Disney+. But before joining the world of the Jedi, the Irish actress could have taken a tour of the world of fantasy with Bloodmoon, the Game of Thrones spin-off. The actress returned to the project and its cancellation.
Bloodmoon, the spin-off that we will never see
Among all the licenses that HBO has today, there is one that stands out from the others: Game of Thrones. The adaptation of George RR Martin’s novels was a real tidal wave during its broadcast, before ending with a finale that still frustrates fans today. Nevertheless, the American giant has not let go of its golden egg hen for the moment and now intends to launch several spin-offs in order to create a real “Game of Thrones Cinematic Universe”.
Now that the initial work is finished, it’s now time for the new series. The first to have emerged was House of The Dragon. New series and new box for HBO as the episodes reached maddening scores. Except that before HoTD, the chain was to offer another spin-off titled Bloodmoon. Like House of The Dragon, Bloodmoon was meant to tell a story before the events of Game of Thrones, the very origins of Westeros and the White Walkers. Too great a challenge for the production to take up when George RR Martin had developed almost nothing from this period.
A bad for a good
Before being canceled, the Bloodmoon series was still well launched on the rails of production. The casting had already been chosen and the pilot was filmed. Among the actors and actresses selected, we find Denise Gough. The Irish actress participated in the filming of the pilot and admits having had a “great experience”. If she could not reveal the details of Bloodmoon, the actress is still back on her role and the cancellation of the series.
It was wonderful, without a doubt. I got to work alongside great people. Unfortunately, things did not end very well. The thing is, these are things that happen all the time. Maybe people think the news is shocking because it’s Game of Thrones. (…) for me, nothing happens by chance and everything happens as it should. When our pilot was not retained, when the production decided to stop, I did not feel devastated. Because of course that wasn’t supposed to happen. So I went back home to the movies and then I was approached by an even bigger franchise. I found a role closer to those I usually play. – Denise Gough for The Hollywood Reporter.
Finally, the cancellation of Bloodmoon seems to be a blessing in disguise, as much for HBO, which was a hit with House of The Dragon, as for the actress, who ended up landing a role in the new Disney+ series Andor.
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