‘Game Of Thrones’ Spinoff Confirmed: Show Writers David Benioff And D.B. Weiss Won’t Be Involved
A spinoff series to the hugely popular Game of Thrones has been all but confirmed by the show’s writers. However, those same writers also confirmed that they won’t be involved in the spinoff. This is the first time we’ve had confirmation that the much-anticipated spinoff to Game of Thrones will happen. However, the showrunners were keen to stress that the decision would ultimately be George R.R. Martin’s, the writer of the source material behind HBO’s Game of Thrones.
According to Digital Spy, executive producer David Benioff was speaking to reporters following Game of Thrones’ record-breaking haul at last night’s Emmy Awards.
He was asked whether a Game of Thrones spinoff is a possibility, saying, “It’s a great world that George created. I think it’s a very rich world, and I’m sure there will be other series set in Westeros, but for us, this is it. That’s really a question for George.”
Expectedly, that same question was directed at A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin.
Martin addressed speculation by saying, “Well, I do have thousands of pages of fake history – everything that led up to Game of Thrones – so there’s a wealth of material there, and I’m still writing more.”
However, he was keen to stress that he still has the hit show and two books to finish before he could think about a spinoff.
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) September 19, 2016
With that in mind, it looks like George R.R. Martin would be involved in a potential Game of Thrones spinoff, however, the show’s writers would not be. David Benioff And D.B. Weiss have previously stressed that their main focus right now is finishing the show, which has two seasons left. However, given the phenomenal success of the show, HBO is keen to continue the story of the Game of Thrones universe and would expectedly be onboard with any spinoff ideas.
According to Cinema Blend, there’s been a good deal of speculation around what form a Game of Thrones spinoff would take ever since the idea was first floated earlier this year. Many fans have even been speculating that HBO could take a very different approach to a Game of Thrones spinoff, creating a situation comedy similar in nature to Veep.
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Game of Thrones had a standout night at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, breaking the record for the highest number of Emmy Awards won by any fictional series. The record was previously held by Fraisier with 37 Emmy awards. However, Game of Thrones’ 38 Emmys places it in the top spot. It was the award for the Best Outstanding Drama Series that pushed Game of Thrones over the top and caused a good deal of celebration amongst the cast following the show.
It was, on the whole, a very successful night for HBO. Their leading comedy Veep took home the award for Outstanding Comedy Series, while Julia Louis-Dreyfus was once again crowned as the queen of comedy, picking up Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as inept president Selina Meyer in the satirical series.
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) September 19, 2016
What’s more, John Oliver won best variety talk series for his HBO series Last Week Tonight, making the 2016 Emmy Awards one of HBO’s most successful outings yet. So much so that host network ABC narrowly missed out on many of the main awards at last night’s ceremony, which was also the case for NBC and Fox.
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