We all know that Season 8 of the Game of Thrones HBO series will be the final season and the question is, what are we to do after that? Do not despair though as it seems that HBO will be keeping the Game of Thrones gravy train running with not one but four spin-off series.
In an exclusive announcement by Entertainment weekly, it’s revealed that HBO is looking at ways to extend the life of the popular series, based of George RR Martin’s series of books, A Song of Ice and Fire.
The network has already started working with four writers, with each working on a different spin-off for the world of Westeros, and two of which will be working with George R.R Martin himself. The writers are Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island, Fox’s Minority Report); Brian Helgeland (A Knight’s Tale, L.A. Confidential); Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Secret Service, X-Men: First Class) who will be working along with Martin; ; and Carly Wray (Mad Men) who will also be working with Martin.
Aside from the writers involve, it seems that current showrunners, David Benioff and Dan Weiss, will also be involved in the projects as executive producers.
Of course at such an early stage, there isn’t really much story details on either projects from HBO other. What has been said though is that they spin-offs will “explore different time periods of George R. R. Martin’s vast and rich universe.” So we will likely be seeing a prequel to the the current Game of Thrones timeline.
Do note that although HBO is working on four spin-offs, they might not all be greenlit. As it’s still too early in the game to really get concrete details, it is possible that only or even none might even make it to full production. What HBO has told Entertainment Weekly though is that the end goal is to find at least one title that can successfully carry the flame of the Game of Thrones franchise.
It’s still a year before the Season 8 starts and ends but knowing that the series will finally be ending is a bit bittersweet. So hopefully at least one of these spin-offs will make it to production and we’ll be able to enjoy more Game of Thrones goodness once the series finally ends.