We’ve known for some time that HBO is actively working on some sort of spinoff series for Game of Thrones, which will conclude its eight season run in 2018. Not much else has been revealed about the network’s plans, but George R. R. Martin dropped some information on his blog recently that suggests they could be quite ambitious in scope.
“We had four scripts in development when I arrived in L.A. last week, but by the time I left we had five. We have added a fifth writer to the original four.”
The original four writers who Martin is referring to are Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island), Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Brian Heigeland (L.A. Confidential) and Carly Wray (Mad Men). It’s unclear who this mysterious fifth writer may be and Martin didn’t divulge any other information about what’s in these scripts, but he did take time to reveal a few things that aren’t in them:
“We’re not doing Dunk & Egg. Eventually, sure, I’d love that, and so would many of you. But I’ve only written and published three novellas to date, and there are at least seven or eight or ten more I want to write. We’re not doing Robert’s Rebellion either. I know thousands of you want that, I know there’s a petition…but by the time I finish writing A Song of Ice & Fire, you will know every important thing that happened in Robert’s Rebellion.”
To be clear, HBO certainly isn’t going to produce five separate Game of Thrones spinoffs (at least, not all at once) and at the very least we can now cross off Robert’s Rebellion as one bit of Thrones lore that will not be getting its own series. That being said, whatever HBO decides, it sounds like it will definitely be a prequel of some sort, which only makes us believe harder that Game of Thrones will end with the White Walkers killing everyone and conquering Westeros:
“We are not talking Joey or AfterMASH or even Frazier or Lou Grant, where characters from one show continue on to another. Every one of the concepts under discussion is a prequel, rather than a sequel. Some may not even be set on Westeros. Rather than ‘spinoff’ or ‘prequel,’ however, I prefer the term ‘successor show.’ That’s what I’ve been calling them.”
Game of Thrones proper will return for to HBO for its seventh season on July 16th.