Only two short seasons are left before Game of Thrones comes to a conclusion, but the series finale won't mark the end of the world of Westeros on HBO. We learned back in May that four potential spinoffs were entering development, and we know that any spinoffs would actually be prequels rather than sequels to Game of Thrones. With so many spinoffs in the works, fans had to wonder if we might get multiple on the air at the same time. Now, HBO programming president Casey Bloys has explained that we won't get more than one spinoff at once, saying this:
Going back to that Who Wants to Be a Millionaire comparison, I think overdoing it -- like having multiple shows -- there's a risk of diluting the quality and driving it into the ground. I have no interest in doing that. But it would be nice if we got one of these off the ground and it ran for multiple seasons. The nice thing about George's universe is it's so vast. Could you do another one after that? Sure. By the way, in 10 years, I'm guessing that will be someone else's problem!
It seems that Casey Bloys and HBO are hoping to focus on producing one phenomenal show rather than two or three or even more shows set in the Game of Thrones universe at once. One spinoff that works for years can be a hit without shutting the door on future spinoffs. All things considered, the Game of Thrones franchise could continue indefinitely if Bloys and Co. don't overload viewers with Westeros lore.
Casey Bloys went on in his chat with THR to make it quite clear that a spinoff won't air before Game of Thrones comes to an end, whether that's in 2018 or 2019. He also revealed that any spinoffs will be developed independently of Game of Thrones' final seasons, so we don't have to worry about any backdoor pilots taking valuable screen time away from the final batch of episodes. Granted, it wasn't especially likely that Game of Thrones would use an episode just to launch a spinoff, but it's still nice to know that one of the 13 remaining episodes won't be dedicated to setting up another show. Game of Thrones has enough stories to finish without allotting screen time to a different show.
The big question that still remains is what eras these potential spinoffs will cover. They are all prequels, and Casey Bloys has said that there will be no existing characters from Game of Thrones branching off to new shows. Book scribe George R.R. Martin has crafted a Tolkien-esque universe with a long history, so there are plenty of times that prequels could cover. I'd love to have a prequel series all about Robert's rebellion, as the events of that particular civil war directly led to the events of Game of Thrones. That said, many characters from Game of Thrones had parts to play in Robert's rebellion. It sounds like the prequels may stretch further back than simply one generation before the War of the Five Kings.
Only time will tell. We undoubtedly have a while to wait before we see any prequel action, but we're only days away from more Game of Thrones. Season 7 will premiere on Sunday, July 16 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO. Swing by our breakdown of what we know so far about Season 7 for a refresher on what to expect when the Westeros action picks up once more. For a bit of fun, take a look at our picks for 10 Game of Thrones spinoffs that should definitely happen.