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8 Franchises That Needed a Prequel (And 7 That Didn’t)

As much as we loved the original shows and movies, some prequels just weren’t needed.
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With so many popular shows and movies getting prequels recently, there are bound to be a few bad ones. But there’s also been a few good ones. Even worse, some shows haven’t gotten prequels that fans wanted. I’m still mad about The 100’s prequel show getting canceled after nearly a year of waiting for news on it. Which franchises would you like a prequel to?

Spoiler warning because I will be talking about the ending of a few shows and movies, as well as a couple of plot points in unneeded spin-offs.

Needed: ‘Bridgerton’

Lady Danbury and Lady Bridgerton in Bridgerton
Netflix | Shondaland | CVD Productions

When I say “needed,” I mean more in the sense that the fans want it more than anything. While I could barely get through season one (it was boring and predictable), I loved Lady Danbury more than any other character. Now, she only narrowly comes second to Kate.

Because I love Danbury so much, when I found out a prequel following her, Queen Charlotte, and Lady Bridgerton in their youth was right up my alley. The cast already looks amazing, and the writing is expected to be just as good as Bridgerton, so my hopes are extremely high.

Not Needed: ‘Oz The Great and Powerful’

Oz The Great and Powerful
Disney | Roth Films

I don’t think I need to explain why Oz The Great and Powerful was one of the worst prequels I’ve ever seen. And that includes where Fantastic Beasts has gone. This movie took everything that made The Wizard of Oz fun and threw it out the window.

There was just too much going on in the film that it felt rushed. But, there were a couple of things I didn’t hate about it: Glinda and Elphaba had fun casting choices, and the music was okay. I’m just hoping the two Wicked movies translate well to screen.

Needed: ‘The Shannara Chronicles’

The Shannara Chronicles season one
MTV | Netflix | Spike | Viacom | Sonar Entertainment | Raygun One | Millar Gough Ink | Farah Films

If I can’t get an ending to the cliffhanger that was season two of The Shannara Chronicles, can I at least get a prequel series following Wil’s father? Or maybe one farther in the past? I’ll literally take anything from this world at this point.

The Shannara Chronicles went through so much, and I’m still waiting on answers to where Wil went in the season two finale. If you’ve ever watched the show, you’ll understand where I’m coming from when I say it deserved so much better than what it got.

Not Needed: ‘Cruella’

Emma Stone as Cruella in Cruella
Disney | Marc Platt Productions | Gunn Films

Let’s talk about the hot mess that was Cruella. I’ll be honest, I was ecstatic when it was announced, and I love Emma Stone. But that movie wasn’t good enough compared to all the 101 Dalmatians movies.

That said, I do appreciate the movie on its own. But there were too many inconsistencies between Cruella in this film and 101 Dalmatians, as well as Anita’s name literally being “Darling” instead of it being a pet name. I just don’t think I’ll be rewatching it anytime soon.

Needed: ‘She-Ra and the Princesses of Power’

Princess Mara's She-Ra in She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
Netflix | NBCUniversal | Mattel Creations | DreamWorks

Though there is a live-action remake being made right now, I can’t help but wish there was a prequel following the She-Ra before Adora, Princess Mara. We would have gotten to see more of The First Ones and their universe.

I would have loved to see Mara become She-Ra and master her abilities before turning against the First Ones. We already know a bit about her, including that the fans love her already. So why doesn’t Netflix or the creators of the show jump on this idea?

Not Needed: ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’

Dumbledore and Newt in Secrets of Dumbledore
Warner Bros. | Heyday Films

I’ve already talked about why I don’t expect much from this franchise, but I have to mention why it’s completely unnecessary in its current form. When Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was first announced, I (and many others) were expecting a magical creature Indiana Jones film.

Instead, we got another wizarding war franchise. We got enough of that with Harry Potter. I could care less about Grindelwald and Dumbledore’s broken relationship. Give me the magical creatures!

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Needed: ‘1883’

1883 show
Paramount | CBS | MTV | 101 Studios | Bosque Ranch Productions

Yellowstone might not have necessarily needed 1883, but it’s a better addition to the franchise than I was expecting. And maybe that’s just because I love the cast. The story is actually compelling to me, even though I don’t love westerns.

Did you ever play Oregon Trail in school (or as an adult)? This show reminds me of that. It adds to the already colorful Yellowstone storyline in a way that doesn’t feel repetitive or outdated. May I just say, I might like this more than the original.

Not Needed: ‘The Carrie Diaries’

Carrie Diaries show
Warner Bros. | The CW | Fake Empire Productions | A.B. Baby Productions

As much as I actually loved The Carries Diaries, it retconned most of Carrie’s life before Sex and the City. Yes, the cast was terrific, the side stories were compelling, and Carrie herself was everything a high schooler wanted in a fashion-loving protagonist, but what else was there?

The main storyline of Carrie’s life as an aspiring writer in New York, as well as her love story, was lackluster. I honestly preferred the adult show (which is a bit outdated, to be honest). Would I watch this again? Yes. Was it a necessary show? Absolutely not.

Needed: ‘The Rings of Power’

Rings of Power prequel show promo
Amazon | Tolkien Estate | Tolkien Trust | HarperCollins | New Line Cinema

I may not love Lord of the Rings (blame my sixth-grade English teacher for that), but I’m excited about The Rings of Power. I’ve always wondered how the Rings came to be, so being able to see the story behind them might make me stay awake through the films.

The show, which is expected in September this year, will focus on several events in the Second Age. Other than the Rings being forged, we’ll see Sauron rise, Númeron fall, and how the Elves and Men allied together one last time. I just hope it doesn’t feel rushed like some other Amazon shows.

Not Needed: ‘The Scorpion King’

Dwayne The Rock Johnson in The Scorpion King
Universal Pictures | WWF Entertainment | Alphaville Films | Misher Films

There have been several The Mummy movies, including the Scorpion King series. That said, the three Mummy movies starring Brendan Fraser are far superior to the spinoff. The only good thing that came out of The Scorpion King was Dwayne Johnson’s acting career.

After the CGI mishap with The Mummy Returns, I can’t believe they kept up the series. I understand what they were going for, but every movie felt forced. I’m a bit hopeful for the reboot because special effects have come a long way, but it all depends on the plot and cast.

Needed: Canceled Prequel to ‘Game of Thrones’

Game of Thrones season one direwolves and Stark family
HBO | Warner Bros. | Television 360 | Grok! Television | Generator Entertainment | Startling Television | Bighead Littlehead

Out of everything related to Game of Thrones, I was probably most saddened by the canceled prequel. Yes, even more so than the downfall of the original show – what happened to season eight? I mean, seriously, what happened?

Millions had been spent on the first episode of the canceled project alone, so I understand if the budget was the problem. But the little info about the plot we got was enough to pique my interest. It was going to be set 5,000 years before Game of Thrones and features direwolves and the Stark family.

Not Needed: ‘Walker’

Jared Padalecki in Walker
The CW | Paramount | CBS | Rideback | Pursued by a Bear | Stick to Your Guns Productions

I’ll be honest, I don’t know why Walker was created after the perfection that was Walker, Texas Ranger. Not that I don’t enjoy the prequel show – I just don’t understand why the executives decided to revive this particular franchise. But knowing The CW, they just wanted to keep Jared Padalecki around a bit longer.

Walker takes Walker, Texas Ranger, and knocks it down a few pegs by removing what made Walker a great character. Nothing against Jared, but he’s not Chuck Norris. Where’s the Walker, Texas Ranger charm? I can’t find it in this show.

See related: 6 Books That Should Have Gotten Sequels

Needed: ‘House of the Dragon’

A still shot from 'House of the Dragon' showing two characters conversing in a desert landscape
HBO Max

Now that we’ve covered the canceled Game of Thrones prequel out of the way, let’s talk about the one we got instead. Anything that keeps us in the fictional world is needed. I’d take anything from this world, but House of the Dragon has so many dragons!

From the star-studded cast to finally getting to meet Daenarys’s ancestors, it’s everything I want in a Game of Thrones spin-off. I just hope it doesn’t fall victim to what happened with season eight of Game of Thrones.

Not Needed: ‘The Winchesters’

The Winchesters prequel show trailer
The CW | CBS | Chaos Machine Productions | Warner Bros. | Wonderland Sound and Vision

On to the latest prequel that’s come to my attention, The Winchesters is unnecessary. Yes, I’ll tune in – I sat through 15 seasons of Supernatural – I’m committed to the franchise. That said, I can already tell John and Mary’s backstory is about to be completely retconned for the new show.

Now that I’m done hating: here is one thing I’m looking forward to in The Winchesters. Meg Donnelly is the number one reason I’ll be tuning in. She’s a great actress, so I’m hoping she fills the void left by the canceled Supernatural spin-off, Wayward Sisters.

Needed: Cancelled Prequel to ‘The 100’

The 100 prequel episode
The CW | Warner Bros. | CBS | Alloy Entertainment | Bonanza Productions

I’m so mad about this cancellation. After the horrible seventh season the writers gave us, the least they could do was follow through on a storyline they introduced. A prequel following the first Grounders would have given me something to look forward to throughout the year.

But The CW decided against the show, so now, The 100 fans have to live with wondering what could have been. The canceled show would have seen the people who left the bunker with Nightblood trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world and create the Grounder language.