Our days in Westeros our numbered — we've only got thirteen episodes left, to be exact. When Seasons 7 and 8 of #GameOfThrones finally finish, we'll have to leave behind the world of dragons and bastard kings for good. Or will we? Fans have long been praying to the old gods and the new for a #GameOfThronesSpinOff, and now it looks like our prayers might finally be answered.
Game of Thrones creators Benioff and Weiss recently appeared at the #SXSW Film Festival to talk Season 7 and the imminent end of their world-famous series. In one panel, they spoke up about that tantalizing rumor that a Thrones spin-off might one day come to pass. Benioff confirmed what we've already known — that HBO is 100% behind the idea of a spin-off — but he sadly insisted that such an undertaking wouldn't have him or Weiss at the helm:
"There is always going to be an urge… to keep doing it. I think HBO might well do [a spinoff] and I’m looking forward to watching it. I think it's better for them to get new blood in with new visions."
HBO CEO Richard Plepler just revealed that talks for a Game of Thrones spin-off are already underway. He told THR:
"It certainly has not escaped [HBO president of programming] Casey [Bloys] and myself that there might be some brand extension [for GOT] that would be exciting. It certainly has not escaped the producers."
At this point, it would be surprising if they weren't talking about a spin-off, since Game of Thrones has shattered records left and right for viewership, ratings and awards. It would be a crime to waste that kind of momentum.
Plepler went on to emphasize that at the moment, the focus is primarily on finishing Game of Thrones with as much power as it started with, and there's plenty of potential for a spin-off to grow from there:
"Right now we’re focused on finishing the series with the kind of energy and excitement that everyone has come to expect. We’re going to do that while at the same time parallel processing very embryonic stages of other possibilities."
This isn't the first time we've heard spin-off rumors from HBO. When Casey Bloys came in as president of programming, he told EW:
"We’ve talked about [a Game of Thrones spin-off]. 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]."
Seven knows there's plenty of material to write a dozen decent spin-offs, so how could they possibly pick? A series about Robert's Rebellion would probably do extremely well, and provide lots of rich prologue to the GoT storyline. Or, if they decide to move even further back in time, it would be fascinating to see some backstory on Melisandre and this mysterious order of Red Priestesses. We know she's well over a hundred years old, but the source of her magical powers is still something of a mystery. Was she born with them? Did she sacrifice something to the Lord of Light in order to get them?
Or maybe we could go even further back, to the time of the First Men and the creation of the White Walkers. Leaf hinted at the story in Season 6 Episode 5, but we still don't know all that much. The conflict between the Children of the Forest and the First Men could be even more epic than the War of the Five Kings, especially if you add in the introduction of the uncontrollably evil wight army.
Here are even more suggestions for stories we'd love to see more of:
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Which 'Game of Thrones' spin-off would you most like to see?
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