The network has previously teased that they were open to producing spin-offs to the massively successful fantasy drama, but Thursday’s announcement is the first clear indication that any new shows are in the works to follow on from Game of Thrones after its eighth (and final) season. Should any of the four potential ideas come to fruition it would also be the first time that HBO has ever made a spin-off to one of its series.
Writers have already been assigned to oversee the projects, with George R. R. Martin personally involved with two of them. The ideas are being developed by Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island); Brian Helgeland (Legend and L.A. Confidential); Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Secret Service and X-Men: Days of Future Past), along with Martin; and Carly Wray (AMC’s Mad Men), along with Martin.
So who’s running the show? Interestingly, despite what they’ve said before many times, Game of Thrones show runners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are back for more, with HBO saying that:
“Weiss and Benioff continue to work on finishing up the seventh season and are already in the midst of writing and preparing for the eighth and final season. We have kept them up to date on our plans and they will be attached, along with George R. R. Martin, as executive producers on all projects. We will support them as they take a much-deserved break from writing about Westeros once the final season is complete.”
As for the projects themselves – that’s anyone’s guess. HBO are remaining coy about the topic, saying only that the proposed ideas “explore different time periods of George R. R. Martin’s vast and rich universe.” My guess is that the spin-offs will focus on Robert’s Rebellion 30 years prior to the events of Game of Thrones; the tales of Dunk & Egg, a series of novella penned by Martin himself; the Blackfyre Rebellion of 100 years before Game of Thrones; and Aegon’s conquest of Westeros 300 years ago. That said, there is an incredibly rich fiction to Martin’s work, and whatever story makes its way to our screens should make for incredible viewing, if its parent program is anything to go by.
But you shouldn’t get too excited just yet – “there is no set timetable for these projects,” according to HBO, so be prepared for a gap between the end of Game of Thrones and whichever of these projects finds the light of day first. It’s also possible (and in my opinion likely) that one or more of the tabled ideas could be produced as a miniseries rather than a regular, ongoing series. Even so, it’s all very exciting news for Game of Thrones fans!
Watch the trailer for Game of Thrones season 7 below: