Game of Thrones will begin its penultimate season this weekend and fans are eager to see how the series will build towards the end game. However, while the war for the Iron Throne may be coming to an end, HBO is not entirely set on bidding farewell to the franchise once the series concludes. With at least four potential spin-offs currently in development to potentially succeed Game of Thrones, HBO President of Programming Casey Bloys discussed the future of the franchise in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
Confirming that the potential spin-offs are all prequels, Bloys explained how the idea for a successor to Game of Thrones originated:
“It would be insane for a network not to at least entertain the idea of a successor shows — I was going to say “prequel” but they’re not spin-offs because there are no existing characters going off the flagship. It’s not Laverne & Shirley from Happy Days; they are prequels. But it would be insane — with a universe like George has created that is so vast and has so many characters and so many timelines — to not, at least, entertain the idea, which is what we’re doing.”
Revealing that he has yet to see an outline or script for any of the prequels, Bloys stated that should one of the spin-offs move forward, it will not be until after the final season of Game of Thrones:
“No, absolutely not. No way. There’s not going to be anything — the only thing that will be Game of Thronesrelated on the air will be season seven and season eight, and then it will be a good long while if and before anything [new] gets on the air. Again, I say that only because I think when we confirmed the [prequels’] existence — that we were exploring this — that read to the general public that, “Wow, these are far along.” We were just confirming it so people didn’t speculate.”
Bloys discussed how HBO might move forward in the unlikely event that more than one of the prequels proves worthy of becoming a series:
“You know the odds in development. I think that is probably unlikely. […] This show is very special. I’m not looking to have as many as possible. My sense right now is we would be very lucky if one of the four rises to the level that we have set. Now, theoretically, what if they’re all great? That’s a high-class problem that I’ll solve when it comes to that. But knowing what we know about the development process, that’s why we wanted to increase our odds. But I do not see a scenario where we have more than one.”
Bloys also explained that the prequels are unlikely to lead into the current Game of Thrones story:
“The whole world is connected to some extent family tree-wise, and the timelines are so vast that unless you jumped ahead tens or hundreds of years, I don’t see [the prequels connecting] happening.”
On the question of whether or not Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss will have input on which project moves forward, Bloys stated:
“They don’t want any. They want to focus on, at this point, season eight. I don’t think they want to be distracted by somebody else’s writing that they’re not responsible for. They have said that 13 years is enough.”
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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, Aidan Gillen as Petyr Baelish, 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.
Game of Thrones season seven premieres on HBO on July 16, 2017.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter