The ‘Game of Thrones’ spinoffs are still in the works at HBO with a few new details emerging…
HBO definitely wants to stay in the ‘Game of Thrones’ business after the final season airs in 2019.
This week as part of the Television Critics Association meetings, HBO president Casey Bloys revealed a few new details regarding the upcoming ‘Game of Thrones’ prequels currently in the works at the network.
HBO actually hired five different writing teams — including a couple of those with ‘Game of Thrones’ creator George R.R. Martin — to develop different spinoff ideas based on the vast history of Westeros before the current events on ‘Game of Thrones’ took place.
Bloys confirmed this week that none of the current characters from ‘Game of Thrones’ would appear in the spinoffs but recognizable “bloodlines” are likely to pop up in whatever prequels end up airing on HBO. Martin has a massive amount of stories based on the book series he wrote with family houses such as Targaryen and Stark involved in dozens of different tales throughout history.
In other words it would be awfully hard to do a ‘Game of Thrones’ spinoff without some of those familiar names popping up.
“There is no set timetable for these projects,” Bloys added. “We’ll take as much or as little time as the writers need and, as with all our development, we will evaluate what we have when the scripts are in.”
While there are plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ spinoffs in the works, Bloys added that none of them would air until at least a year after the finale for the main series. As excited as HBO might be to get another ‘Game of Thrones’ series on the network, they want to honor the original series and give a little bit of space between the two shows.
“Should we go forward and make a pilot and [then] a series, nothing would air on HBO until at least a year after ‘Game of Thrones’ ends,” Bloys said. “We want the final season of Game of Thrones, being the special event that it is [to stand on its own].
“We don’t want to use it to launch [a new series]. We want some separation there.”
With five series in the works, HBO hasn’t committed to any of them yet so it’s impossible to know if they might only put one into development or several of them at once. One suggestion that has been made is that a new ‘Game of Thrones’ spinoff could be an anthology series with each season covering a different story from the “Song of Ice and Fire” saga that serves as the basis for the show.
For now let speculation continue while we await the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ that will debut in 2019.