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.
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…