Kit Harington to headline “Game of Thrones” spinoff?

– Is Kit Harington going to have his own series following the huge popularity of “Game of Thrones”? Various UK outlets reported that the actor had entered “exploratory talks” to return for a spin-off centering on his character Jon Snow, AceShowbiz said.

The Daily Star claimed a senior executive at HBO told them, “Any spin-off built around Jon Snow, who is hugely popular with fans, would also undoubtedly involve other characters from the cast. When the seventh season wraps next year, it’s going to be a case of figuring out who we want to join us for a new show and which of those cast members actually want to jump on board.”

But before “Game of Thrones” fans get too excited, the news about the supposed spin-off has been debunked. Reps for the show and Harington say there’s no truth to the story.

The recently departing top programming executive at HBO, Michael Lombardo, previously said that any “Game of Thrones” spin-off would really happen if showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss as well as author George R. R. Martin felt “that it was the right thing to do.”

Weiss said currently there’s no discussion about a spin-off. “No, we don’t talk about that stuff,” he insisted. “The job at hand is too enormous and challenging to be further diffusing ourselves by thinking about spin-offs, and theme park rides, and ice ballets … but if anybody has a good pitch for a good ‘Game of Thrones’ ice ballet, let us know.”