Earlier this year, it was reported that HBO has closed deals with four different writers to develop potential Game of Thrones spin-offs with George R. R. Martin later revealing that a fifth script was also in the works. Now, Entertainment Weekly confirms that a fifth prequel is currently being developed with Game of Thrones co-executive producer Bryan Cogman writing the script alongside George R. R. Martin.
Initially brought on board as an assistant to showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, Cogman has since written a number of acclaimed episodes of the series including season 4’s “The Laws of Gods and Me”, which centered on Tyrion Lannister’s trial. Although details on all of the developing spin-offs remain under wraps, Martin has confirmed that all of the potential successor shows will be prequels and will not involve current members of the main cast.
Of course, the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones is still on the way with production scheduled to begin next month. HBO programming president Casey Bloys has stated that a potential spin-off will not premiere until at least one year after the final season of Game of Thrones has concluded.
Game of Thrones stars Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Liam Cunningham as Ser Davos Seaworth, Carice van Houten as Melisandre, Rory McCann as Sandor “The Hound” Clegane, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark, Conleth Hill as Varys, Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy, John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth, Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane, Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark, Jerome Flynn as Bronn, Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont, Hannah Murray as Gilly.
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Source: Entertainment Weekly
5 ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Ideas
Game of Thrones fans have a long wait until we finally see Daenerys Targaryen finish her journey across the narrow sea and step foot on Westeros. Her army of Unsullied will soon come into contact with the new King of the North, Jon Snow and the wicked Queen Cersei Lannister. Season 7, debuting this summer, might be one of the most action packed yet, but that doesn’t mean the upcoming war will be as intense as other confrontations George R.R. Martin has littered the Westrosi past with.
HBO needs another big moneymaker after Game of Thrones finally ends, and I don’t think they need to look too hard for an appropriate replacement. Casey Bloys, the President of Programming at HBO, has mentioned the possibility of a GOT spin-off, but I think a prequel series might work better.
Before all you die-hard Star Wars fans get mad at me for even thinking such a thing, remember, not all prequels are bad! The Notorious GRRM has already established a complex past that goes back centuries, giving HBO a lot of exciting material to choose from. I don’t think any of these series should last more than three or four seasons each – to ensure the stories don’t drag on- but hey, HBO can still make money from a limited series so it’s a possibility.
Buckle up and hit the Next button to find out what stories about Westeros’ past should hit the silver screen.