The watch for Game of Thrones will come to an end soon. With episodes left until HBO’s acclaimed series comes to a close, fans are already thinking of what a world without Westeros and King’s Landing will look like. Though it looks bleak, with the colours that George R. R. Martin has painted TV screens with for five years, and the fantasy that millions of viewers around the world wouldn’t mind living in, the thought of years without Game of Thrones is just too much to bear.
The series which boasts the highest number of casts and the most watched series of all time has speculated over the years of a sequel, or a spinoff after the show finally ends. But nothing was ever solidified, even though there is definitely room to turn it into a franchise that can last years, with the backstories of many characters and more worlds to explore. Still, HBO is aware of the potential for more once the series comes to a close, and thanks to an interview with EW, we now have an idea of what that might be.
HBO programming president Casey Bloys offered some clues as to what might happen with a new Game of Thrones series if anything happens at all. To get a glimpse at our future forays into the world of Westeros, we have to take a look into the past. According to Bloys, the ideas being explored now for potential new shows are all prequels:
“A prequel feels like it has less pressure on it [than a spin-off]. [Author George R.R. Martin’s history of Westeros] gives you areas in which to say to a writer, ‘If you were going to do this, then go flesh it out,’ and we’ll see what comes back. But I don’t feel any pressure that we have to have something.”
There’s certainly plenty of room within Martin’s vast story to explore the time before the series began. Martin himself has outlined much of the ancient history of Westeros in order to better craft the culture of the various factions within the show, even turning some of it into a series of novellas collectively titled A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.
Fans can rest assured, however, that any sequel that eventually gets made, if it indeed does get made, will be held to the same standards of quality we’re used to from the world of Game of Thrones. No one involved seems interested in doing a series for the sake of cashing in:
“It’s such a big property we would be foolish not to explore it, but it’s a pretty high bar. We’ll take some shots at it. I’m not going to do it just to do it. It has to feel very special. I would rather have no sequel and leave it as-is then have something we rushed out.” Casey said.
Game of Thrones season 8 continues on Sunday on HBO.