“Game of Thrones” is nearing its end, but Thronies may be able to get their fix in other ways soon. Rumors have been circulating about a potential spinoff series and it seems HBO may be considering the idea.
Programming president Casey Bloys revealed to Entertainment Weekly that the network was talking with George R.R. Martin — the author of the “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels for which “Game of Thrones” is based — about creating a follow up show. Bloys told EW they have not yet nailed down an exact plot for the series, should it come to fruition, though they are toying with the idea of a prequel. Martin has created thousands of years of fake history about Westeros and the surrounding areas that could be used for the show.
“I would say it’s still kind of preliminary ongoing talks,” Bloys said. “There are areas we are exploring, but I wouldn’t point to any one and say, ‘This is what we’re going to do.’”
Bloys previously discussed the potential for a spinoff in July at the Television Critics Association press tour, claiming that “Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss had “a very specific plan” for how many seasons they wanted the show to be. While Bloys said that he personally would like to order up “10 more,” he told attendees he trusted the pair to do what’s best for the show. Additionally, the HBO executive revealed that he had not ruled out the possibility of another series in the “Game of Thrones” realm, though he noted that it would have to be approached carefully.
“It’s something I’m not opposed to, but of course it has to make sense creatively. I’m not sure that [Benioff and Weiss] could really wrap their heads around it when they’re just about to start production [on Season 7],” Bloys said. “It’s a pretty intense production, they’re about to start production soon. I’m open to it. They guys weren’t opposed to it, but there’s no concrete plans for it at this point.”
While a “Game of Thrones” prequel is still up in the air, just the prospect of getting one should be exciting for Thronies to hear. Should the series get made, here are a few characters we’d like to see star:
When “Game of Thrones” kicked off in 2012, Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and brother Viserys (Harry Lloyd) were the last remaining members of the Targaryen family. As the show has progressed more details have been revealed about their father, the Mad King, and her other brother, Rhaegar Targaryen. While he has not been featured on the show in its six seasons on HBO, Rhaegar plays a large role in the backstory of several characters.
Rhaegar was revealed to be Jon Snow’s (Kit Harington) biological father in Season 6, meaning the bastard of Winterfell is half Stark, half Targaryen. This complicates Daenerys’ quest for the Iron Throne and will likely play a big part in Season 7. “Game of Thrones” viewers may even finally get to see Rhaegar Targaryen in flashbacks before the series wraps for good.
While it is rumored that he’ll appear, it’s unlikely fans will get all the details they’re so desperately seeking about his relationship with Lyanna Stark (Aisling Franciosi), his life, death and the rest of his controversial family in just two short seasons.
The Stark family has played a central role in “Game of Thrones” since Season 1. “Game of Thrones” viewers have met a majority of the family and had the chance to mourn their subsequent deaths. As of Season 6, only Jon, Sansa (Sophie Turner), Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and Arya (Maisie Williams) were still alive. A majority of Seasons 7 and 8 will likely center around their mission to reunite in Winterfell, Bran’s transformation into the Three-Eyed Raven, Arya crossing names off her kill list and the like, but there is so much more to this family than meets the eye.
In Season 6 it was revealed that despite having been told for much of his life that his mother was a low-born commoner and his father was Ned Stark (Sean Bean), Jon is the product of a relationship between Rhaegar Targaryen and Ned’s sister Lyanna. At present, only Bran is aware of this fact thanks to a visit to the past, which brought him to Rhaegar’s Tower of Joy. “Game of Thrones” fans anxiously awaited the big reveal and would likely tune in week after week to learn more about the Starks, especially if it meant getting more backstory about Jon’s parents.
Littlefinger is among the most notorious pot stirrers on “Game of Thrones.” While he is rarely directly involved in drama that ensues, he is often on the fringes. Most recently he was involved in the marriage of Sansa Stark to Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon), who spent the brief marriage raping and torturing her. Rumor has it that he will continue to stir things up in Season 7, attempting to drive a wedge between Sansa and Arya. The sisters will reportedly realize what he’s doing and put a stop to it. Sansa, who may be named Lady of Winterfell while Jon is away meeting with Daenerys in Dragonstone, will order his death, which will allegedly be carried out by Arya.
Although Littlefinger has played a large role in “Game of Thrones” since it’s earliest days, not much is known about his backstory. A larger role in the prequel would provide Thronies the chance to understand his conniving ways and may prove quite interesting.
The Hound (Rory McCann) really peaked the interest of fans in Season 2 when he left the servitude of House Lannister to go out on his own. While he is hailed as one of the most vicious and skilled fighters, The Hound has several fears and weaknesses that others do not. He is very much afraid of his brother, The Mountain (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson), and refuses to partake in the abuse of women. “Game of Thrones” fans will recall that he often stepped in to protect Sansa during her marriage to Joffrey (Jack Gleeson), which landed him in trouble.
In Season 3 he came across Arya, who he captured. While she was afraid of what he might to do her, he spent much of their time together protecting her. The pair parted ways in Season 4 when Arya pushed The Hound off a cliff. Severely injured, he plead with her to kill him. Instead, she decided to let him suffer. He resurfaced later with Ray (Ian McShane) and his community, who were killed shortly after their introduction. The Hound has not been seen since this moment, which has left many “Game of Thrones” fans with unanswered questions about him making it a perfect story to explore further.
The Mountain is, without a doubt, the largest, strongest and most frightening man in the Seven Kingdoms. Especially after Season 5, when he was brought back from the dead. Since his “Game of Thrones” introduction, The Mountain has never spoken, making the character that much more mysterious. This mysterious character — and perhaps his relationship to his brother The Hound — would make a great subject for a “Game of Thrones” prequel.
Lyanna Mormont And/Or The Rest Of House Mormont:
Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsay) was introduced to “Game of Thrones” viewers in Season 6 and it was basically love at first sight. Her sass, sensibility and small stature captivated viewers. Additionally, many fans found it interesting that the young girl was in charge of a rather small house in the Seven Kingdoms. She is a relative of Jorah Mormont (Iain Glenn), who once played a major role in “Game of Thrones” and is expected to return in Season 7. Many fans are itching to learn more about her and the people of Bear Island.
“Game of Thrones” will return for Season 7 in summer 2017. No announcement has been made about the potential for a prequel at this time.