HBO programming president Casey Bloys has made it pretty clear that even when “Game of Thrones” wraps up its run in 2018, the network has no plans to give up on the lands of Westeros anytime soon.
The fantasy series is currently in the midst of shooting its shortened seventh season with an even shorter eighth and final one to film in 2017. Storylines are all set to wrap at that point with the cast and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss moving on to other things.
Bloys however, speaking with The Live Feed at the “Westworld” premiere this week, says the network still thinks the property has plenty of life left to it even though the network hasn’t yet started developing a follow-up:
“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… There are so many properties and areas to go to. For us, it’s about finding the right take with the right writer.”
While Benioff and Weiss made their desire to finish up their time in Westeros with ‘Thrones’ fairly clear at the Emmys this month, Bloys says he’s optimistic they might come back even if only at a reduced capacity:
“You’re getting them right when they’re about to embark on production. 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.”
Author George R.R. Martin has previously said there’s no shortage of material to mine for further television exploration of his expansive fantasy universe with thousands of pages of fake history and wealth of material should they take the prequel route.