Tywin Lannister on the Iron Throne

Producing massively popular TV shows is a tricky task. While series may rake up popularity and award nominations, all things must come to an end (unless it's Grey's Anatomy or Doctor Who). This is certainly the case with HBO's Game of Thrones, which has just one short season left before the series concludes forever. But the network isn't going to let this cash cow go, and is currently developing a slew potential spinoffs for the series. While HBO has maintained that the potential new series won't include any of the characters from Game, one actor is ready to reprise his role: Charles Dance aka Tywin Lannister. Dance was recently asked if he had any interest in returning to Westeros, and he said:

If it was in the same calibre, yes. Because Game of Thrones really was as good as it gets. It's a fantastic series. I look back on it fondly. Occasionally you have long days in the cold, the horse doesn't behave properly, or the armour sticks in the back of your neck, but we're not down in the mines digging for coal, we're actors.

Well, that's one Game of Thrones actor that is ready to join a potential spinoff. And something tells me he won't be the last.

Despite his comments to Metro, Charles Dance probably won't get the chance to play Tywin Lannister in Game of Thrones' spinoff. Because while Game of Thrones fans would love to see the time around and before Robert's Rebellion explored on the small screen, that would definitely require more than just Charles Dance to reprise their roles. Additionally, Tywin and the other characters would also have to look younger, making the CGI budget for a potential spinoff rather expensive. Plus, it's just not what the network seems to want.

It's far more likely that Game of Thrones' still developing spinoff would go much further back in Westeros' sordid history. In particular, it would make sense if the eventual spinoff explores the Targaryens' long rule over the country. Dany and her brother Viserys are the only members of House Targaryen that audiences have been able to see on screen, so it would be an interesting chance in dynamic to have Dany's family at the height of their power. And the Targaryens ruled over the Seven Kingdoms for generations, so there's a wealth of stories to be mined. Plus, there'd be plenty more dragons.

Alas, we'll probably have to wait quite some time before we get any news about the Game of Thrones spinoff. The final season likely won't be airing in 2018, and it would make sense that HBO would put a stronger focus on the next series once Game has finally concluded.

Game of Thrones doesn't currently have a premiere date for its final season, but we'll be sure to update you as details become public. In the meantime, check out our cancelation list to see if your show managed to survive the year.

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