HBO found unprecedented success when the company signed on for Game of Thrones. The fantasy drama has done well critically, but it is also wildly popular in terms of total viewers. In short, it's the whole package for the network; however, now that the series is in the twilight of its life, HBO is going to need to find another series that can fill the gap. There's been some talk about a possible Game of Thrones spinoff after the end of the series, but if that does happen, would the Game of Thrones showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff stick around to work on another show? They answered exactly how they feel about a spinoff just last night. Here's what they had to say:
You might want to ask George about that. It's a great world that George created. I think it's a very rich world, and I'm sure there will be other series set in Westeros, but for us, this is it. That's really a question for George.
So, if you are a Game of Thrones fan who had been hoping the subscription cable network would find a way to keep the two popular showrunners in the Westeros universe, it looks like you are a bit out of luck. It's not all bad news, however. While David Benioff and Dan Weiss told a group of reporters (including EW) that they are out on any potential spinoff, running the show isn't the biggest battle. Creating the initial storyline is. And for that, HBO really needs George R.R. Martin.
The good news? George R.R. Martin is already pretty excited about a spinoff. The prominent author spoke out a few months ago and explained that there are a ton of stories that are still left to be explored in Westeros. Of these, he believes that HBO could put a series together about his characters Dunk & Egg. Here's what he has had to say formerly:
There are eight million stories in Westeros... and even more in Essos and the lands beyond. A whole world full of stories, waiting to be told... if indeed HBO is interested. The most natural follow-up would be an adaptation of my Dunk & Egg stories.
Obviously, HBO isn't committing to more stories in the Game of Thrones universe at this time. However, since there are only two more seasons left in the popular HBO drama, if the network does want to move forward with a similar premise, we'll likely be hearing about it sooner rather than later, as it takes months and months to get a new show off of the ground. HBO, for its part, has formerly said the network would only be interested on a spinoff if it would come from the showrunners, but the network also said they wanted ten seasons of Game of Thrones and obviously that's changed at this point, as only eight seasons are planned.