HBO Exec Talks Game of Thrones Spin-off Series

It's hard to imagine HBO willingly leaving Westeros...

The closer Game of Thronesgets to its inevitable end, the more discussion of a TV prequel and/or spinoff series to the hit HBO show will probably ramp up. In fact, it’s already begun.

At Saturday’s TCA presentation, HBO president of original programming Casey Bloys had this to say about a potential Game of Thronesspinoff (via Variety):

All I can say is that we’re exploring it. We don’t have any scripts, we’re not even close to saying ‘Oh let’s do this.’ But it’s a big enough property that we would be foolish not to explore it. It’s a really rich world. We’d be foolish not to look at it.

At last year’s Emmy awards — where Game of Thronestook home a tidy 12 trophies — series creator David Benioff addressed the topic of a potential Game of Thronesprequel, saying (via Entertainment Weekly):

You might want to ask George [R.R. Martin] about that. It’s a great world that George created. I think it’s a very rich world, and I’m sure there will be other series set in Westeros, but for us, this is it. That’s really a question for George.

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Anyone can change their mind, of course, but it sounds like Benioff and co-creator D.B. Weiss are ready to move on following season 8 of the fantasy drama.

Reporters backstage did just what Benioff suggested, asking A Song of Ice and Firescribe (and Game of Thronesexecutive producer) Martin about the possibility of a prequel series. Martin said: “I do have thousands of pages of fake history of everything that led up to Game of Thrones, so there’s a lot of material there and I’m writing more.”

He further elaborated, however: “At the moment we still have this show to finish and I still have two books to finish so that’s all speculation.” Yeah, Martin already has a lot on his plate. Though, with the massive success of Game of Thronesfor HBO, it seems unlikely that the premium cable channel won’t atleast try to extend their best-performing series in some way. When and how that might happen (we have some suggestions), however, is anyone’s guess…