While there has been plenty of talk about “Game of Thrones” spin-offs, and an already greenlit prequel set thousands of years before the events of the show, HBO programming President Casey Bloys has made it clear that one thing we won’t be seeing is a sequel series.
‘Thrones’ came to a close on Sunday night, wrapping up many storylines and leaving some subplots with a natural open ending with questions deliberately designed not to be resolved. Bloys, speaking with THR, has firmly ruled out the possibility of a sequel series or spin-off with any member of the main cast:
“Nope, nope, nope. No. Part of it is, I do want this show – this Game of Thrones, Dan and David’s show – to be its own thing. I don’t want to take characters from this world that they did beautifully and put them off into another world with someone else creating it. I want to let it be the artistic piece they’ve got.
That’s one of reasons why I’m not trying to do the same show over. George has a massive, massive world; there are so many ways in. That’s why we’re trying to do things that feel distinct – and to not try and re-do the same show. That’s probably one of the reasons why, right now, a sequel or picking up any of the other characters doesn’t make sense for us.”
As part of the same interview, Bloys was also asked about the reaction to this final season of ‘Thrones’ and how that might impact the spin-off:
“There’s no scenario where [screenwriter] Jane [Goldman] saw the episode and said, ‘Oh, I better change this, that or the other thing.’ We’re trying to have a show that feels like its own show within the universe but we’re not trying to replicate the same show. It’s not the same characters, it’s not the same dynamics. It’s not like we’re taking the existing show and saying, “X, Y and Z worked, so let’s do that.” It’s a different writer, creator and different feel and different world. There’s nothing we’re taking from this season and applying it to that by any means.
Shooting on the prequel spin-off pilot takes place in June, once they see how it comes in they will likely then proceed with a regular TV production timeline.