After cable network HBO confirmed that the eighth season of “Game of Thrones” will be its last, many fans have been clamoring for the possible production of a prequel television series that will expand the fictional fantasy world of Westeros, created by “A Song of Ice and Fire” author George R.R. Martin.
Although no plans for a “Game of Thrones” prequel has been set in stone, HBO programming president Casey Bloys was not so quick to dispel the rumors about its possibility.
“We’ve talked very, very kind of high-level, like, ‘Oh, that would be interesting, a prequel would be interesting, are there areas that make more sense?'” Bloys told The Wrap, adding, “But we haven’t no one has put pen to paper yet. It’s still pretty early on.”
“I would say it’s still kind of preliminary ongoing talks,” Bloys shared with Entertainment Weekly, when asked if they have come up with ideas to potentially develop into a prequel series. “There are areas we are exploring, but I wouldn’t point to any one and say, ‘This is what we’re going to do,'” he added.
As reported by Yibada, current showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff may no longer be involved should plans to create a prequel to “Game of Thrones” come to fruition. Both executive producers have remained disinterested in creating a spin-off about the current TV series, stating that they have no desire to be a part of another TV series that is set within the same universe.
Should HBO push through with the “Game of Thrones” prequel, it will be the first time that HBO shall have created a prequel or spinoff series from one of its popular cable shows.
Any official announcements about a prequel could be far ahead into the future and until then, fans of the show have two more seasons to look forward to before “Game of Thrones” comes to an end. Season 7 will premiere in mid-2017.