The live-action Halo TV series set to begin production later this year is a bit like Game of Thrones, but with fewer inter-sibling sex scenes. Speaking on the AIAS Game Maker’s Notebook podcast (via Gamespot), Kiki Wolfkill, head of transmedia and entertainment at Halo developer 343 Industries, spoke about the upcoming show in detail.
According to Wolfkill, the nature of Halo’s sci-fi universe means that “it’s hard to find an analog” with other TV shows. However, she also says that “we talk about Game of Thrones a lot in terms of scope and scale and complexity of relationships.”
The HBO series’ political intrigue will also be an important part of 343’s adaptation. Wolfkill says that “a lot of the background of Halo is this sort of political drama.” While that plays a relatively minor part in the games, it shows up in greater depth “in some of the other mediums.” Sadly, however, if you’re a fan of some of Game of Thrones’ more salacious moments, you might be disappointed.
Wolfkill later says that “no incest [is] planned at all for this show, I’ll say that. If you’re looking for that, you won’t find it here.” That, of course, relates to the relationship between Lannister twins Jaime and Cersei in the fantasy drama, which was a major plot-point throughout the show.
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Showtime ordered ten episodes for the live action series, but we’re unlikely to get to see it for a while yet – while Master Chief has been cast, the show is yet to enter production, with filming planned to begin later this year. Lore buffs may not find themselves catered to particularly well, however, as Wolfkill has previously stated that characters, locations, and even dates are subject to change between the game and the franchise’s appearance on the small screen.