There are few shows in television history that have been as massively successful and beloved as HBO's fantasy drama Game of Thrones. But as fun and bloody as the past six season have been, Game's series finale is finally approaching. The premium channel will air two more (shorter) seasons before closing the book on Dany, Jon, and Cersei forever. But with George R.R. Martin's novels containing such a variety of stories, many have been wondering if HBO was planning on producing a spinoff once Game of Thrones ends. Now HBO's CEO has addressed the possibility of a spinoff, and how the network is approaching such a daunting task.
HBO CEO Richard Plepler recently addressed HBO's plans for the future. Regarding the subject of a possible Game of Thrones spinoff, Plelpler said the following (via THR):
It certainly has not escaped [HBO president of programming] Casey [Bloys] and myself that there might be some brand extension [for GOT] that would be exciting. It certainly has not escaped the producers. Right now we're focused on finishing the series with the kind of energy and excitement that everyone has come to expect. We're going to do that while at the same time parallel processing very embryonic stages of other possibilities.
There you go, Game of Thrones fans. While HBO is focusing on producing the final two seasons of the series, the higher ups seem to be open to creating a spinoff. It's just too early to nail anything specific down, since its, as Plepler calls it, "embryonic".
It would seem like a real no brainer that HBO would produce a Game of Thrones spinoff once the original show wraps. Game is insanely popular, and is also a consistent critical darling. TV is a business, and there is clearly a large rabid fanbase that would be happy to tune in on Sundays to see Westeros expanded. And since there are no novels to follow, the network could make some more interesting creative choices that will truly shock audiences.
George R.R. Martin's world is so large that there is no shortage of stories for a possible Game of Thrones spinoff to explore. Perhaps the most obvious choice would be to go backward in time and show some of the Game history that is constantly referenced throughout the series. Specifically, I'd love to see the Targaryens at the height of their power. Dany's relatives sat on the Iron Throne for generations, and were the most eligible bachelors in Westeros. Showing how the ancient family crumbled through madness, greed, and Robert Baratheon's rebellion would be extremely captivating. Additionally, it would allow for more dragons, which is arguably the coolest aspect of Game of Thrones. This type of spinoff also has possibility of bringing back characters like Ned Stark, Jaime Lannister, and the Mace Tyrell from before the Baratheons took the Iron Thrones.
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