The stretches of time between Game Of Thrones season finales and Game Of Thrones season premieres are currently far too long for our liking. What with unrelenting shock endings and interweaving storylines, each hiatus is more painful and frustrating then the previous one.
But HBO could be about to fix that, especially after talk that the network’s bosses are considering working on a spin-off for the show.
At this month’s TCA press tour, HBO’s original programming president Casey Bloys said: “All I can say is that we’re exploring it. We don’t have any scripts, we’re not even close to saying ‘Oh let’s do this.’
“But it’s a big enough property that we would be foolish not to explore it. It’s a really rich world. We’d be foolish not to look at it.”
A spin-off could also help to soften the blow when the fantasy saga finally comes to an end. With only two seasons left to air, we’re going to need to take that blow while wrapped in bubblewrap and a super soft House Stark-themed blanket.
However, any kind of Game Of Thrones prequel series would have to be run by author George RR Martin.
Speaking to reporters at the TCA tour, executive producer David Benioff said: “You might want to ask George about that. It’s a great world George created. I think it’s a very rich world, and I’m sure there will be other series set in Westeros, but for us, that is it. That’s really a question for George.”
But there’s still hope. In response to Benioff, Martin said: “Well, I do have thousands of pages of fake history – everything that led up to Game Of Thrones – so there’s a wealth of material there, and I’m still writing more.”
Game Of Thrones Season 7 is set to air sometime this spring/summer on Sky Atlantic HD. Get all the latest fantasy news with every issue of SciFiNow.