With “Game of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss indicating this week that the big-budget series will likely wrap with shortened seventh and eighth seasons, it’s understandable that talk of a spin-off series is floating around.
The show’s network HBO has been struggling in the past few years to have a hit, especially in dramas, that comes even close to the success of ‘Thrones’. With AMC milking its franchises with spin-offs like “Better Call Saul” and “Fear the Walking Dead,” a ‘Thrones’ prequel spin-off doesn’t sound that extreme. Weiss however says it’s only talk though, telling Variety:
“I know that [HBO programming president] Mike [Lombardo] made off-the-cuff comments to that effect. When we sat down with him and told him, ‘This is what we see, this is how many hours of viable story we have left to tell the story we set out to tell,’ there wasn’t a second of pushback on that. They were concerned with making the best show they can because they know that’s the show that’s going to stick around for the longest.
At a certain point, especially if it’s a serialized story, it falls apart and loses its heat and its momentum because there’s a carrying capacity even a world the size of ours has. When you reach that carrying capacity and you try to push it further, people start to wonder when this is going to be over and hope that it will be over soon so they can move onto the next thing. That’s not what we ever wanted.”
Lombardo has also changed his tune too, dismissing any plans of a spin-off by telling the trade: “That’s never the way we’ve done our best work. I can’t imagine, if it were not driven by them, that that would happen.”
The sixth season of “Game of Thrones” premieres next Sunday.