Game of Thrones is about to return for its sixth season but fans are wondering what the possibility would be of a continuation of the story outside of the original television show. Is a movie possible? A prequel series focusing on wars before the “Song of Fire and Ice?” Despite rumors and fan wishes, Game of Thrones producer say that they are not working on a prequel series at this time.
Game of Thrones executive producer/showrunner Dan Weiss pushed back original statements made by HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo. Lombardo had said that a prequel series would be an “enormous possibility to be mined.” Weiss commented that their decision to not move forward is because of the risk of losing interest from fans.
“At a certain point — especially if it’s a serialized story — it falls apart and loses its heat and its momentum because there’s a carrying capacity even a world the size of ours has. When you reach that carrying capacity and you try to push it further, people start to wonder when this is going to be over and hope that it will be over soon so they can move onto the next thing. That’s not what we ever wanted.”
“Following the shocking developments at the conclusion of season five, including Jon Snow’s bloody fate at the hands of Castle Black mutineers, Daenerys’ near-demise at the fighting pits of Meereen, and Cersei’s public humiliation in the streets of King’s Landing, survivors from all parts of Westeros and Essos regroup to press forward, inexorably, towards their uncertain individual fates. Familiar faces will forge new alliances to bolster their strategic chances at survival, while new characters will emerge to challenge the balance of power in the east, west, north and south.”
The show returns April 24 at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.