Game of Thrones, the wildly popular fantasy/drama series on HBO, is slowly coming to an end. But HBO doesn’t want anyone to cancel those premium cable subscriptions, so they have a plan — more Game of Thrones!
The award winning series is confirmed to only have 13 or 14 hours left of storytelling, which will translate into two more seasons, both shorter than the traditional 10 episodes. That means that sometime in 2018, the story will be over and HBO’s most-watched series will vanish.
Casey Bloys, HBO’s President of Programming, is hoping that might not be end of Game of Thrones related content. Bloys says the network is in talks with series creator George R.R. Martin about a potential prequel series.
“I would say it’s still kind of preliminary ongoing talks,” Bloys replied when asked if he’s zeroed in on a specific idea from Martin’s thousands of years of Westeros history to potentially develop into a new show. “There are areas we are exploring, but I wouldn’t point to any one and say, ‘This is what we’re going to do.’”
We also asked Bloys if Thrones’ season 8 episode count has been determined (EW and others have previously reported that producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss aim to keep the final season to six episodes). “I’ll take as much as we can get,” the executive says.
Game of Thrones has a rich history, filled with thousands of years of Westerosi stories about the First Men, the building the of The Wall, the Doom of Valyria, and the reign of the Targaryen family. Fans would love to see some of those moments brought to life.
Even if the Game of Thrones prequel/spinoff series doesn’t end up becoming a reality, it looks like HBO has some potential replacements sitting on the side burner. Westworld, Divorce, and Insecure have all been renewed for second seasons. Westworld is the crown jewel of the bunch, though, reportedly attracting an average total audience of 11.7 million viewers.