Star Trek: Discovery Showrunner Confirms That HBO's Game of Thrones is A Major Influence

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If you think Star Trek: Discovery's storytelling was inspired by HBO's Game of Thrones, you're definitely right. Star Trek: Discovery's showrunner Aaron Harberts recently talked to Digital Spy about how the storytelling of the hit HBO fantasy series influenced his approach to the show, especially since he didn't "consider [himself] to be a fan of fantasy or genre".

"Our goal for Star Trek was to create not just something that fans loved, but that it was something that other people who thought they didn't like Star Trek would jump into, and the only thing I could draw from was Game of Thrones," Harberts explained.


"It's very much inspired by that, the goal to look for a cliffhanger, be it an emotional cliffhanger or a plot cliffhanger," he said. "I think we have more hope than Game of Thrones, because it's very bleak, but yes, it has always been our goal."

The way Star Trek: Discovery breaks the expectations of what a Star Trek show should be mirrors how Game of Thrones breaks away from the traditional fantasy formula. It looks like the show's narrative approach to developing its story throughout the whole season was influenced by HBO's hit drama.

Star Trek: Discovery airs on CBS All Access in the US, and Netflix in the UK and other countries.

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