The world of Game of Thrones might (might!) continue with a spinoff — but the current showrunners won’t be a part of it.
Speaking backstage at the Emmys following their second straight win for Outstanding Drama Series, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss addressed talk of a possible prequel to HBO’s hit fantasy series.
“You might want to ask George about that,” Benioff said, gesturing to Thrones book author George RR Martin, who attended the awards show with them. “It’s a great world that George created. It’s a very rich world. I’m sure there will be other series set in Westeros. But for us, this is it.”
Martin himself conceded, “There’s a wealth of material there, and I’m still writing more.” But the current run of Game of Thrones — set for two more seasons at HBO — takes precedence, he said. “At the moment, we still have this show to finish, and I still have two more books to finish.” (Yeah, George, why are you wasting time hanging out at the Emmys anyway? Get to writing!)
It’s understandable why HBO would want to keep the Thrones gravy train going with a spinoff. It’s now the highest-rated show in the network’s history, and with Sunday’s three wins, it’s now garnered the most Emmys (38) of any primetime show in history.
Back in May, HBO programming president Casey Bloys dropped hints about a possible GoT spinoff: “We’ve talked about it. It’s not something I’m opposed to, but it has to make sense creatively.” He added, though, that “there are no concrete plans.”
Which GoT characters would you like to see get their own spinoff? Hit the comments and name names. (And be sure to spell them correctly.)
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