Season 7 of Game of Thrones has been absolutely bonkers. With just a handful of episodes left before the show concludes forever, the pacing and action have been amped up to a ten. And while the rabid fanbase is sad to see Game come to an end, there is solace in knowing that HBO will be producing a prequel spinoff set in Westeros. But many have been wondering how closely the eventual spinoff will be related to the narrative of the original series. Screenwriter Jane Goldman will be developing the spinoff alongside George R.R. Martin, and recently answered the question as to whether the original audience will be able to tie together Game and the spinoff. She said,
Yeah, I think I can say if I was able to say what mine was --- yeah, I think as a book reader or as someone who watched the series, you would say, 'Oh, that! OK.' Yeah, it would be recognizable as a past event, but I think that's probably as far as I can go.
Well, that's a relief. It seems that the hardcore fandom will be able to relate the events of the prequels with what will eventually occur in Game of Thrones' timeline. So whip out your companion books and novels, and get ready to learn more about Westeros' history.
Jane Goldman's brief tease to IGN also revealed another exciting aspect of the Game of Thrones spinoff. Because while the history of the series will be expanded, HBO and company have made it clear that no characters from Game will be showing up. According to Goldman, the insider references will be the closest thing to a crossover that we're likely to get. This is probably a wise choice, as it will allow the new series to stand on its own feet, while also catering a bit to the massive audience that they're no doubt hoping to retain.
It's currently unclear exactly which historic events will be explored when Game of Thrones eventually is given its prequel spinoff, but there's a wealth of stories to utilize. I'd personally like to learn more about the many years that House Targaryen ruled over Westeros. It would be an interesting juxtaposition to see the family alive and ruling, rather than Dany (and now Jon) being the sole survivors. Furthermore, we can see what it took for the great Houses of Westeros to eventually rebel with Robert Baratheon, and why it took so long for anyone to stand up against the Targaryens. Plus, we can still get our fix of dragons, which will be enjoyable considering how prominent they've become in Season 7.
There are two more episodes of Game of Thrones this season on HBO. In the meantime, check out our fall premiere list to plan your next binge watch.