Rumors about the impending end of Game of Thrones have been flying like so many ravens over Westeros. We've knew that the end was coming, and that it wouldn't take very many episodes to arrive. Today however, we finally know for certain: Season 8 will be the last, and it will only be six episodes long.
The network has expressed that it wouldn't mind running Thrones until the end of time — unsurprising, given that it's the most watched HBO series ever! The new HBO programming president Casey Bloys put it this way:
“Believe me, as the new [programming executive] coming in, if I could get [Benioff and Weiss] to do more. I would take 10 more seasons. But we take their lead on what they think they can do the best version of the show.”
Creators Benioff and Weiss have long insisted that they wouldn't be dragging the story out unnecessarily. And TBF, you have to give them credit for being willing to quit while they're ahead, rather than letting the show go on until it eventually goes up in wildfyre.
However, just because they want to let the current storylines reach their natural conclusion, doesn't mean we'd have to leave Westeros entirely. Bloys told EW that a spin-off is not entirely out of the question:
“We’ve talked about it. 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].
So, we can take that as a maybe? 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. However, if George R.R. Martin's comments on the Thrones movie are any indication, he doesn't seem interested in pursuing that option much further.
If they decide to move 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?
Seriously, what's the deal here!?
Or perhaps 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.
What would you hope to see in a Game of Thrones spin-off?