There are few fandoms more rabid and passionate than the millions who routinely watch HBO's Game of Thrones. The fantasy drama is the quintessential water cooler conversation during its seasons, and the series is gearing up to film its eighth and final installment. But fear not, as HBO is not about to let the cash cow of Westeros slip through its fingers. A prequel spinoff was announced a few months ago, and it looks like the premium network was been assembling a few different writers to craft what and when the series will be about. And another one has just joined the ranks, as Game of Thrones writer and producer Bryan Cogman is currently helping to develop a possible spinoff for the series.
This news, which comes to us from EW, should be a mixture of exciting and relieving for hardcore Game of Thrones fans. Because Cogman is actually extremely involved in Game of Thrones, and therefore is probably the right fit to try and craft a prequel series as well. In addition to being involved in the series since back in Season 1, Cogman has written some of the most iconic episodes in Game history.
This season Bryan Cogman wrote the second episode, "Stormborn", which ended with Euron's explosive attack on Dany's fleet and the capture of Yara and Ellaria Sand. He also wrote moments such as Jaime's monologue to Brienne about the Mad King, and Tyrion's trial in King's Landing. He knows the mythology of the series extremely well, making him a prime option as someone to spearhead the developing prequel series.
Bryan Cogman is the whopping fifth person that is currently developing a potential pilot for the Game of Thrones spinoff, which shows how unfocused the project currently is. George R.R. Martin has created a complex world with hundreds of years of history, so there are a wealth of stories that could be expanded in the next show.
The other four folks developing Game of Thrones spinoffs for HBO are good company for Bryan Cogman to keep. They include writers like Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island), Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Golden Circle), Brian Helgeland (Legend), and Carly Wray (Mad Men, The Leftovers). There's a mixture of TV and film professionals, so it should be interesting to see which pitch the network eventually lands on to continue Westeros' story for the thirsty fans.
Personally, I know which aspect of Game of Thrones I'd like to see expanded, although its a massively long time period that the network could pick and chose from. Because I'd like to see the time where The Targaryens actually ruled Westeros, with their dragons in tow. It would be interesting to see the power dynamics in the show reversed, and see a blonde haired dragon that isn't named Dany.
It's currently unclear when Game of Thrones will return to HBO, but we may end up waiting over a year for new episodes. In the meantime, check out our fall premiere list to plan your next binge watch.