*Warning: This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones, Season 6*
Westeros isn't exactly a location you'd want to live in, what with executions, fire breathing dragons, casual incest and Cersei Lannister as ruling Queen. But while the happiness index would be rock bottom if you resided there, the bloody, debaucherous and violent Known World makes for mesmerising viewing.
With a mere 13 episodes of #GameOfThrones to go, impassioned fans want to cling on to the hope that there will be more to come after the credits roll on the final episode of the final season. And in a way, it would almost be a disservice to deny us more.
But, fear not. Perhaps the end won't be the end. Rumors have surfaced that George R. R. Martin, as well as showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, are considering a potential spinoff, with Robert's Rebellion being the outstanding candidate. And that got me thinking; what spinoffs could there be? There's a potential list a mile long, but for now, let's narrow it down to a select few:
1. Robert's Rebellion
It's the timeline that has been speculated for a spinoff the most, and that's no real surprise. It touches base with the beginning of the current narrative, to the beginning of Robert Baratheon's reign. Some of the main events that could be depicted are:
- The kidnapping of Lyanna Stark
- Battle of the Trident
- Jaime "The Kingslayer" Lannister backstabbing Aerys Targaryen
As these events were instigated by the Mad King's reign, we could get up close and personal with events that have been heavily cited in the current timeline. That includes more background information on the kidnapping of Lyanna (and consequent parentage of Jon Snow).
The Battle of the Trident in itself would be exciting to see; one particular scene would depict the one-on-one dual between Robert Baratheon and Rhaegar Targaryen. Plus, later, at the Sack of King's Landing, we'd get to witness Jaime earn his reputation as a Kingslayer.
2. Aegon's Conquest
One option for a spinoff could be the Targaryen's fall from grace, or alternatively we could opt for their rise to prominence. Aegon's Conquest happened almost 300 years prior to Robert's Rebellion, and features Aegon I Targaryen in his quest to conquer Westeros.
We wouldn't see any characters we recognise, but there are some cool events during this time that would make awesome viewing. Plus, we'd get to see Balerion on screen, one of the great dragons used by Aegon. It's a massive dragon, nicknamed Black Dread. What's not to like about that?
3. Children Of The Forest
If we're going to go back in time, why not go waaay back, to an era before civilization in the Known World? The Children of the Forest have featured in the modern series, with a prominent role in Season 6 of Game of Thrones, yet there are still plenty of questions left unanswered.
This era predates the First Men, over 12,000 years before the events that we get to see. The beauty of focusing on this mythical race is that it could shed some light on the overarching asomatous forces at play, and it would also give some insight to...
4. The Night King
Although it would be intense to watch — and I'm not entirely sure my nerves could take it — focusing this far back could take us to the time when, as seen in Season 6, the Children of the Forest created the first White Walker to defend themselves from the First Men by stabbing a dragonglass dagger into the chest of some poor human.
This in turn would give the steely eyed super-villain some more time under the spotlight. You never know, he might actually be a nice guy. He seems pretty cool.
5. Azor Ahai Or Bran The Builder
The eagerly anticipated second coming of Azor Ahai has underpinned the entire Game of Thrones series to date, but once we uncover whether or not the Prince That Was Promised will return (and there are plenty of theories on that alone) it could open the door to cast ourselves back in time to the original savior.
This would be particularly interesting as these events occurred around the same time as Bran the Builder, Brandon Stark, the borderline mythical founder of House Stark who constructed Winterfell and The Wall itself. Considering some theories suggest Azor Ahai and Bran the Builder could be one in the same, it would be intriguing to see how this show could rewrite history.
6. Many-Faced God And The Faceless Men
Depending on where you sit with this particular story arc, you'll either love the prospect of an exploration into the mysterious cult, or be glad to see the back of Jaqen H'gar and buddies.
Arya's journey with The Faceless Men was admittedly drawn out, but there's enough depth to the bizarre and unexplained events Arya has bore witness to that suggest there is a lot going on under the surface.
Personally, Jaqen H'ghar is one of my favourite characters, and it'd be interesting to see some more of his backstory. Not to mention to debunk or prove the theory that he himself could be the Many-Faced God.
7. Some Additional (Not Entirely Serious) Ideas
If we're going to speculate, why not throw in a few left-field ideas, right? Inspired by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau's jesting that he'd like to see a sitcom spinoff, how about these completely and utterly unfeasible shows:
Tormund Giantsbane: A life and times mockumentary of the great warrior with a fairytale ending; after years as a Wildling, Tormund eventually finds blissful love with acclaimed knight, Brienne of Tarth. It'd be like Bridget Jones for fantasy lovers.
Jorah Mormont: A tale of unrequited love, a man in the cusps of passion, forever looking on from the sidelines as his beloved Daenerys tries to conquer the Seven Kingdoms. May or may not include a power ballad soundtrack and lingering close-ups of the lines of longing etched into Jorah's mopey face.
Samwell Tarley: This would be more of a coming-of-age comedy full of relatable life advice, illustrating the journey from Samwell's teenage years, all the way to when he finally gets the girl in "oooh, my!" circumstances. May or may not include a laughter track and opening cheesy opening credit montage.