HBO Programming Chief Talks Game of Thrones Spin-offs At TCA

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With Game of Thrones barreling toward its endgame, fans are always thirsty for news of the much-discussed spinoffs. Thankfully, we received an update on the future of Game of Thrones today via HBO programming chief Casey Bloys, who spoke to the Television Critics Association’s press tour.

In the spring, the network announced they were developing four spin-offs (all prequels, so we can scratch sequels with Arya or Tyrion’s further adventures off our fantasy list!) and soon after, George R.R. Martin himself provided more insight into the process and confirmed that a fifth spin-off possibility was in development. He also eliminated Robert’s Rebellion and the Dunk & Egg stories from consideration at the time.

Today, Entertainment Weekly reports, Bloys told reporters at TCA that “none of the projects would feature current characters from the hit fantasy drama.” That makes sense, since we already know that none of the projects will be sequels, and the Rebellion is off the table.

“The No. 1 priority in all of this is the final season of Game of Thrones,” the programming chief told the TCA. “I don’t want to do anything with a spin-off or anything that detracts or distracts from that. That season will happen and my guess is it would be at least a year before you saw anything else. What I don’t want is the attention to be drawn from the final season, which I think is going to be epic and amazing and somehow have the distraction of a new Game of Thrones airing right after that. It’s best to separate it and that’s what we’ll do.”

So it sounds like it will be at least a year after the final season of GoT before we see the new spin-off, assuming it goes ahead. And when would that be? No one knows for sure, as previous reports indicate the showrunners David Benioff and D.B Weiss are uncertain as to whether we’ll get season 8 in 2018 or 2019.

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    1. So after having the Faith of the Seven intrude into the story for two seasons they are gone with the green wind!?

      I mean supposedly KL lived in fear of the Faith Militant’s popularity because the possibility of wide spread engaging the Faith Passive ( a much larger number faithful). Well the Faith of the Seven are still there ,but just noodling around ? This large number is not upset with their ‘Saint Peters’ vaporized?
      I know this is a drama people don’t care about but it’s the kind of story logic the show jumps over.

      There should be more than the vassals of the crown upset, said there were last episode , but who? In fact seems like a power grab for the crown would be in the cards , and not by Danny.

      In fact if Dany was to proclaim for the Faith now she could waltz into KL to a cheering crowd!

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    2. Hmm. Don’t know if I’d watch this or not. It depends on the actors they hired.

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    3. I just want all focus to be on Game of Thrones, which seems like the case.
      I’ll worry about spin offs in the future, though most likely I’ll just be hopelessly waiting for GRRM to finish those books, which he won’t

      Though I hope all the books only come out when the show is over and done with.
      I don’t want endless TWOW comparisons with the show.

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    4. don,

      Kind of sad that GRRM can’t write an episode.
      I understand it will set him back several weeks, but… I really would’ve loved to have seen one final episode with his stamp on it. I love D&D and Bryan, but I would just love to hear the actors deliver some of GRRMs writing once again.

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    5. don,

      The ending to this epic series exists at last! It’s been written! GET HYPE! 🙂

      My sincere congratulations to Benioff, Weiss, Cogman, and Hill for reaching this incredible milestone. They still have to bring that ending to life on screen, of course, but the significance of this step really can’t be overstated. After a decade of hard work – and even longer for some – the truth is out there at last.

      Oh, and everyone even tangentially involved with the production … kindly make sure your passwords are updated. Potential leakers are going to be coming for those things like Euron riding in on the corvus as it descends from the prow of the Silence. Like dragonglass, they’re now more valuable than gold.

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    6. Hmm… no current characters will be involved… I guess it’s a good thing they killed off the Bloodraven then, so the Blackfyre Rebellion is still possible

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    7. I still can’t quite believe they had FOUR ideas. And now five! I’d love the Blackfyre Rebellion, and the original Dance of Dragons based on the Anarchy.

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    8. How about a series on Bravos?

      They have the House of Black and White and the Iron Bank there. Both have global influence and many a story to tell!

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    9. The slave revolt against the Dragonlords and following of Nymeria to Southoros and finally Dorne would be great! We could see early hints at the faceless men, we could see Southoros and all its creepiness and the beginning of Dorne. I also wouldn’t mind a more conventional strait forward story with less threads. Sure, still have some political backstabbing and maneuvering but a more focused story in the world would be great as well. I like the idea of a traveler taking us to places we haven’t seen before.

      Another story i really like would be that of Gerion Lannister and the search for brightroar. Would be cool for him to venture past Qarth and over to Yi Ti. It would allow for a lot of creative licence as not much is know about him since he diapered. It could be treated as an allegory to Homers Odyssey but within this world.

      Either way it would be nice to stay away from some of the house we already know, and get some other families involved.

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    10. HunterMac87:
      Another story i really like would be that of Gerion Lannister and the search for brightroar. Would be cool for him to venture past Qarth and over to Yi Ti. It would allow for a lot of creative licence as not much is know about him since he diapered. It could be treated as an allegory to Homers Odyssey but within this world.

      As a Lannister fan (among other houses), I would LOVE that. This quote always had me intrigued…

      Non spoilery quote from AFFC about the Lannister uncles:

      “Jaime,” [Aunt Gemma] said, tugging on his ear, “sweetling, I have known you since you were a babe at Joanna’s breast. You smile like Gerion and fight like Tyg, and there’s some of Kevan in you, else you would not wear that cloak… but Tyrion is Tywin’s son, not you. I said so once to your father’s face, and he would not speak to me for half a year. Men are such thundering great fools. Even the sort who come along once in a thousand years.”

      Gerion is barely mentioned and has apparently had no contact with anyone from Westeros – yet there will be opportunities for satisfying call backs to characters like Jaime and Tywin.

      Hopefully, he will find happiness wherever he ended up… 🙂 But more likely he’s dead haha…

      Either way it would be nice to stay away from some of the house we already know, and get some other families involved.

      I hope whatever they decide to do that they create some compelling characters. The “people” in the end are what makes ASOIAF/GoT a great series.

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    11. Another great series would be GOT Serial. Each season is a different story from the lore. That would be cool too

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    12. HunterMac87 and Queen of Thrones,

      I, too, love the idea of Gerion Lannister taking us to places we’ve never seen, such as Yi Ti and Asshai. Or it would be fascinating to see the rise of R’hloor worship, or the genesis of any of the religions.

      Or it would be really cool to see the early early ages with the Children of the Forest fighting the Andals and the First Men.

      I’m surprised they only have 5 ideas! 😉

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    13. Boojam,

      Lol….I was thinking the same thing. Cersei nukes the leader of the faith of Westeros and there is no blow back from that. From a story point, it doesn’t make sense. But, I’m ok with that as I wasn’t thrilled with the show adaptation of it. More White Walker action is in store hopefully as a result.

      I like everyone’s ideas here. Anything set in this universe would be good for me. I think the Valyria stuff is just us fans dreaming. They are breaking the bank to bring us 3 dragons, imagine hundreds on screen. It just won’t happen. I also thinking anything like the Dance of Dragons isn’t financially possible when they can’t give us 3 dragons + a couple direwolves.

      I’d love something with the Age of Heroes or the Andal invasions. Having a three way war between the Children, the Andals, and the First Men would be fantastic. Political intrigue galore and family names that would be new.

      I also loved the idea posted here of something more direct for one of the spin offs. Focusing tightly on a single character (or very small group) would be a nice change.

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