Hey, do you want a Game of Thrones spinoff? You probably do. You might lie about it when you talk to your cool friends, taking a long drag off your electronic cigarette and saying something like, “They should just let it end when it ends, man.” But admit it: If HBO makes a Game of Thrones spinoff after the series ends two seasons and less than 15 episodes from now, you would watch. You would totally watch. Maybe a prequel about the Mad King. Or Wun-Wun the giant. Yeah, a Wun-Wun prequel. Now we’re getting somewhere.
Anyway, new HBO programming president Casey Bloys hears you. Hoo boy, does he hear you. The Hollywood Reporter tracked him down at the Westworld premiere to ask him about it, and unlike his predecessor, who poo-pooed the idea of a spinoff unless it came from the show’s current braintrust, he seems more than open to the idea. Here are a few things he said.
“There are so many properties and areas to go to.”
“For us, it’s about finding the right take with the right writer.”
“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!”
Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, on the other hand, appear substantially less interested.
As it stands, however, Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will not be those writers. Both Benioff and Weiss made their stance clear at the Emmys this month, when THR asked if they would be interested in running the next inevitable stage of the Game of Thrones franchise.
“You might want to ask George [R.R. Martin] about that. It’s a great world George created and a very rich world,” said Benoiff. “I’m sure there will be other series set in Westeros, but for us this is it.”
All of which sounds like HBO has asked them more than once about it, and now Bloys is starting to play around with other options, in case he’s not able to change their minds. Which, yeah. Game of Thrones is HBO’s big huge hit, and the network has had a heck of a time developing another one lately, so it makes sense that they’d want to keep the good times a-rollin’, in some way.
And this brings us back to my Wun-Wun prequel…