#GameOfThrones is one of the most popular and critically-successful series on #TV, but unfortunately, the series is reaching the end of the road. The seventh season will premiere in July with seven new episodes — and after that, the eighth and final season will include only six episodes.
Even though it is good to know that Game of Thrones will not overstay its welcome like many other once-amazing TV shows, it will be unfortunate to say goodbye. Fortunately, we may be able to see more of the Seven Kingdoms in years to come.
HBO Is Officially Planning A Game of Thrones Spinoff Series — And Perhaps Many Of Them
This is not a drill! Variety reports that HBO has closed deals with four talented and well-known writers to explore multiple possible spinoffs in order to continue the legacy of the most popular HBO show of all time.
If the sound of a spinoff doesn't get you thrilled, then perhaps the talent attached to the project will raise your expectations. They are Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island, Godzilla), Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Secret Service, X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass), Brian Helgeland (Legend, 42), and Carly Wray (Mad Men, The Leftovers). To top it all off, both Goldman and Wray will be working individually with Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin, who is attached to the four possible projects but will not be a writer on any of them.
Lastly, Game of Thrones showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff are also attached to all four projects.
Can These Spinoffs Stand On Their Own?
Television history is full of spinoffs that paved their own unique paths — most recently, Better Call Saul on AMC — but also spinoffs that failed to justify their own existence.
Before you get excited and get the idea in your head that HBO will develop a whopping four spinoffs, that is (probably) not the case. These four writers are most likely pitching their separate ideas to HBO — and George R.R. Martin — and the best one will win! After one is chosen, we can only hope the remaining three writers don't leave HBO empty-handed and are placed on the writing team for the upcoming project.
There are so many different directions this upcoming spinoff could take. It could be a prequel and show how the Seven Kingdoms were created or it could be set in the distant future (depending on how Game of Thrones ends). Either way, it is very exciting that the Game of Thrones universe will live on.
Let's just hope that the series doesn't disappoint, as the showrunners have a massive set of expectations sitting on their shoulders.
Game of Thrones returns to HBO on July 16, 2017.
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