As Game of Thrones is approaching its end, fans do not have to feel dreadful after an HBO producer said that a follow-up show might happen. CEO Richard Plepner confirmed via The Independent that a spinoff appears to be extremely likely.
“There might be some brand extension that would be exciting. It certainly has not escaped the producers. Right now we’re focused on finishing the series with the kind of energy and excitement that everyone has come to expect. We’re going to do that while at the same time parallel processing very embryonic stages of other possibilities.”
Game of Thrones is without a doubt one of television’s most renowned series. Should HBO pursue the direction for a spinoff, surely fans will wait for updates. It was confirmed that Game of Thrones has 13 remaining episodes and HBO would divide these into two seasons.
It isn’t the first time that HBO teased fans about a possible spinoff. However, they might find a different set of showrunners since David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are uncertain about being on board. Benioff previously told the Entertainment Weekly that “this is it” for them when asked if they’re open to doing further Westeros-based projects.
“You might want to ask George about that. 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.”
Programming president Casey Bloys, on the other hand, told Tthe Hollywood Reporter that even if there’s still much to tell, they would respect Benioff and Weiss’ decisions to not be connected to further Game of Thrones projects such as prequels and sequels.
“You’re getting them right when they’re about to embark on production. 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.”
Even if the Game of Thrones follow-up project is still in its “embryonic stages,” fans cannot help but speculate about its possible plot. There are speculations that it might focus on the reign of the Mad King while some think that the spinoff will be based on the future works of George R.R. Martin.
After all, the author himself confirmed that he’s still writing more stuff because “there’s a wealth of material” present. Martin’s much-awaited novel, Winds of Winter, has no confirmed release date yet after he missed a pivotal deadline. Nonetheless, he assured fans that they would immediately know once it’s done.
Prior to Game of Thrones being catapulted into the spotlight, the release of the first few novels usually had a gap of two years. However, things began to change with A Feast for Crows because after it came out in 2005, its successor, A Dance with Dragons, came out six years later. Since then, fans have been eagerly waiting for Winds of Winter.
Little is still known about Winds of Winter except for Martin’s declaration that it’s a “time when things die” and that it won’t be a “happy feel good” story because some of the characters are in grim places – something that Game of Thrones fans are aware of after tuning into the series for years.
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