Fifth Prequel Series of Game of Thrones in Development at HBO

Posted 2017/09/23 2032 0

We might be more than a year away from the final season of "Game of Thrones." But there are now five prequel/spinoffs in the works.


The original ‘Game of Thrones’ series may be coming to an end with season 8, expected to debut sometime in 2018 or 2019, but HBO isn’t giving up on the most popular series in the history of the network. Earlier this week, Entertainment Weekly confirmed something Game of Thrones fans had long suspected, and author George R.R. Martin had previously hinted. Bryan Cogman, executive producer and writer on the HBO series, is working closely with the author to pitch the fifth potential Game of Thrones “successor show”, what everyone else is calling a “spin-off.”

“You should not expect to see all five shows, though, at least not immediately . . . much as I might love the idea,” Martin wrote on his blog. “But we could possibly see two or even three make it to the pilot stage, with one series emerging on air in 2019 or 2020 . . . and the others maybe later, if they come out as well as we all hope.” Martin also announced over the summer that his next book, the Song of Ice and Fire-adjacent history Fire and Blood, Volume 1, has been set for publication in late 2018 or early 2019.

Thus far, we have Kong: Skull Island's Max Borenstein, Kingsman: The Secret Service's Jane Goldman, Legend's Brian Helgeland and Mad Men veteran Carly Wray all developing possibilities, with Goldman and Wray also collaborating with Martin in some capacity, though he's not planning to do any writing (his schedule's a little full on that front.) Thrones executive producers Dan Weiss and David Benioff will also be attached, but like Martin, don't plan to write anything.

Details for the five projects are being kept under tight guard, though Martin has made clear that each project is a prequel rather than a spinoff and that none of the current main cast of the series will be involved. He has also ruled out fan theories that any of them will focus on his characters Ser Duncan the Tall and Aegon the Unlikely, or Dunk and Egg as they are popularly known. He has also said that Robert’s Rebellion will not be the subject of any of the prequels.