With all of the rumors swirling about the supposed four different prequel spin-offs being developed by HBO to replace ‘Game of Thrones,’ each with a different level of involvement by George R.R. Martin himself, many fans had thought that at least one of those shows might premiere alongside the final season of the main series. This would give us the benefit of being able to enjoy the end of ‘Thrones’ while also getting used to the new spin-off, and have an epic night of television based in the world of Westeros. Sadly, that will not be the case.
According to HBO chief Casey Bloys at the Television Critics Association’s press tour this week:
“The No. 1 priority in all of this is the final season of Game of Thrones. I don’t want to do anything with a spin-off or anything that detracts or distracts from that. That season will happen and my guess is it would be at least a year before you saw anything else. What I don’t want is the attention to be drawn from the final season, which I think is going to be epic and amazing and somehow have the distraction of a new Game of Thrones airing right after that. It’s best to separate it and that’s what we’ll do.”
It does make sense from a business perspective, especially if you think about the fact that the new shows will undoubtedly be compared to ‘Game of Thrones,’ and airing them at the same time will only force people to notice the contrasts between the new shows and the original. Make everyone wait a year and they will be yearning for a return to Westeros, and the premiere numbers will be massive. Plus, it gives them even more time to make sure the spin-offs are everything they need it to be, because if they fail to measure up, there are going to be a lot of disappointed and unforgiving fans who will not stick around for long.
What are your thoughts on delaying the spin-offs? Are you happy with just having ‘Game of Thrones’ for now, and waiting a few years to see what the spin-offs could be? Share your opinions in the comments below!