The subject of where the world of Westeros will head when Game of Thrones is over has been a lingering question in the minds of fans for the past few years now. Will season 8 be the end of the road or can we look forward to a sequel- or a prequel? With George R.R. Martin’s “wealth of material” as a resource, there’s a stack of possibilities.
The Hollywood Reporter caught up with HBO’s programming president Casey Bloys this week at the Westworld premiere in Hollywood and found out whether he thinks there’s a future in Westeros.
“There are so many properties and areas to go to,” Bloys tells THR. “For us, it’s about finding the right take with the right writer.”
At the moment it’s not even clear who would be taking charge if HBO did proceed with another foray into Westeros. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, showrunners of Game of Thrones, have been vocal about stepping away and taking on fresh projects after season 8. But Bloys hasn’t completely written off their participation in a new Martin-based work for HBO.
He tells THR, “It’s a big, big commitment for them, not just their creative force, but also their family life. They’re gone for months at a time. So it’s a big, big thing. But should we find a property that makes sense as a spinoff or a prequel — whatever you want to say — I would not expect them to do it, because they’re going to need to decompress for a good amount of time, but it would certainly be nice to have their involvement in some way. At what level? I have no idea.”
Apparently Bloys also says that HBO is not yet “actively investigating where to take the franchise next,” so perhaps we’re getting ahead of ourselves here. Bloys tells THR, “There are things that sound interesting, but at this point, we have no writers assigned or anything like that. In a perfect world, Game of Thrones would keep going, and we wouldn’t have to deal with any of this!”
With Game of Thrones barreling toward its endgame, and HBO having almost no other hits on its hands, I’d be surprised if they genuinely weren’t investigating a spin-off already. But I can’t blame Bloys for playing it close to the vest for the time being. Only time will tell if they’re proceeding, and who will be leading the way with new stories from Westeros.