Is ‘Game of Thrones’ Getting a Spinoff?
With only two short seasons of Game of Thrones left, fans are eager to know if the book series’ author George R.R. Martin or HBO have any plans to set more shows in the beloved fantasy world. Earlier this week, HBO programming president Casey Bloys addressed the speculation at the premiere of their new sci-fi series Westworld in Los Angeles.
“There are so many properties and areas to go to,” Bloys told The Hollywood Reporter. “For us, it’s about finding the right take with the right writer.”
At this year’s Emmys, co-showrunner David Benioff was asked if he would have a role in the next chapter of the Game of Thrones franchise and he made it clear that the next two seasons will be his last.
“You might want to ask George [R.R. Martin] about that. It’s a great world George created and a very rich world,” he told THR. “I’m sure there will be other series set in Westeros, but for us this is it.”
However, Bloys sounded convinced that Benioff and his creative partner D.B. Weiss might change their minds after the Iron Throne is finally claimed.
“You’re getting them right when they’re about to embark on production,” Bloys said. “It’s a big, big commitment for them, not just their creative force, but also their family life. They’re gone for months at a time. So it’s a big, big thing. But should we find a property that makes sense as a spinoff or a prequel — whatever you want to say — I would not expect them to do it, because they’re going to need to decompress for a good amount of time, but it would certainly be nice to have their involvement in some way. At what level? I have no idea.”
To return to Benioff’s comment, THR actually did ask Martin, who was also at the Emmys, how he felt about another series set in the vast universe he created.
“I do have thousands of pages of fake history of everything that led up to Game of Thrones,” said Martin. “So there’s a wealth of material there and I’m still writing more.”
So, does HBO currently have any wheels in motion for a Game of Thrones spinoff, prequel, etc?
“Not yet,” Bloys answered. “There are things that sound interesting, but at this point, we have no writers assigned or anything like that. In a perfect world, Game of Thrones would keep going, and we wouldn’t have to deal with any of this!”