Just in case you needed more Game of Thrones in your life or just in case you need something to combat the dread you’re feeling as the realization dawns on you that Game of Thrones WILL be ending soon, HBO may have you covered.
As revealed by EW, wanting to capitalize on the success of Game of Thrones, HBO is plotting on developing four separate spinoff ideas taking place in the Game of Thrones world. Nothing has been approved as of yet, but HBO has assigned writers to work on show ideas that they can develop and move forward with. All of the writers have worked on theatrical hits, so they would have a good grasp on the scale that would be required for the Game of Thrones spinoffs.
The writers that have been selected to develop show ideas are Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island), Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential), and Carly Wray (Mad Men).
Will all of this mean that we’ll be getting something immediately after the conclusion of Season 7? According to HBO, possibly not. Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss will need some much deserved rest after the conclusion of Season 7 before launching into their executive producing of the spinoffs:
“Weiss and Benioff continue to work on finishing up the seventh season and are already in the midst of writing and preparing for the eighth and final season,” HBO said in a statement. “We have kept them up to date on our plans and they will be attached, along with George R. R. Martin, as executive producers on all projects. We will support them as they take a much-deserved break from writing about Westeros once the final season is complete.”
As much as I would love to see the George R.R. Martin’s world expanded upon, I do wonder if we really need these spinoffs. I completely understand where HBO is coming from. They do not want to let their cash cow franchise disappear along with their subscriber base. Heck, a good chunk of people only have HBO subscriptions because of Game of Thrones. However, I do wonder if this is necessary.
There is no set time table for these proposed projects. However, the newest season of Game of Thrones will be premiering this summer on July 16, 2017. What do you think of the potential for spinoffs? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.