There’s still hope for a ‘Game of Thrones’ spinoff but it won’t involve the current show runners who developed the series….
It’s easy to understand why HBO wants to stay in the ‘Game of Thrones’ business.
The juggernaut series took home a second straight Emmy award for best drama on Sunday night while also wrapping up 38 total Emmys for the show, which is a new all time record for the award show.
‘Game of Thrones’ just recently kicked off production for season 7, which will only feature seven total episodes, as the show begins to race towards the conclusion.
‘Game of Thrones’ show runners David Benioff and Dan Weiss — who were also honored with a best writing Emmy award for the episode “Battle of the Bastards — have said that there will only be two more seasons and approximately 13 total episodes remaining in the epic fantasy show spawned from George R.R. Martin’s fantasy universe.
There has been a lot of talk about a potential ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel that could take place in the same universe as the current show but during a different timeline. Benioff and Weiss have teased that possibility as well, but it appears once they finish up ‘Game of Thrones’ season 8, they will be walking away from the series for good.
“You might want to ask George about that,” Benioff said. “It’s a great world that George created. It’s a very rich world. I’m sure there will be other series set in Westeros. But for us, this is it.”
Martin was asked about his interest in a prequel because there is plenty of material still left after ‘Game of Thrones’ is finished and he teased the possibility given the vast universe he created.
“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,” Martin said.
“Don’t hold your breath. At the moment we still have this show to finish and I still have two books to finish so that’s all speculation.”
The two books are the final pair in his series “A Song of Ice and Fire”, which are the inspiration for ‘Game of Thrones’. “The Winds of Winter” — the sixth book in the series — has been teased for release in early 2017 although Martin has made no confirmation about when the novel will actually land in stores.
As for ‘Game of Thrones’, the seventh season is currently in production in Ireland, Spain and Iceland with the show set to debut on HBO in the summer of 2017 for the seven episode run.