We know that HBO has five ‘Game of Thrones’ spin-offs in the works though things have been pretty quiet on details outside of that. Now, HBO’s president Casey Bloys has shared a few details on what to expect and when to expect it. First off, for anyone holding out hope that any of the current actors would be reprising their roles, I’m sorry to confirm that the new series will not show any of the existing characters from the series though “there may be [familiar] bloodlines” in some of them.
I’m sure we all hope that we can get a look at the history of the Lannisters or Starks but honestly, any of the noble families could prove to have interesting histories which are worth exploring.
This should be a no-brainer that some of the ruling families of Westeros would at least get a name drop with how affluent they’ve been throughout the history of the realm. Even if we get a focus on characters who wouldn’t be major in the grand scheme of things, it is unlikely that we wouldn’t at least hear about what some of these noble families are up to in whatever time period each story takes place in.
The key as to why we wouldn’t see the same characters is that each of the new series was set to “explore different time periods of [George R.R. Martin]’s vast and rich universe. There is no set timetable for these projects. We’ll take as much or as little time as the writers need and, as with all our development, we will evaluate what we have when the scripts are in.”
As to when any of these shows could launch? According to Bloys, he’s “liking what I’m seeing. I have seen some things that I think are potentially very exciting.” However, he reiterates his previous timetable by stating:
“Should we go forward and make a pilot and [then] a series, nothing would air on HBO until at least a year after Game of Thrones ends. We want the final season of Game of Thrones, being the special event that it is [to stand on its own]. We don’t want to use it to launch [a new series]. We want some separation there.”
With the season finale of the current ‘Game of Thrones’ set for 2019, you can expect 2020 to be the absolute earliest that any of these shows could possibly kick off. Carly Wray (‘Mad Men’), Jane Goldman (‘X-Men’), Brian Helgeland (‘Mystic River’), Max Borenstein (‘Godzilla’,’Kong: Skull Island’) and Bryan Cogman with George R.R. Martin are all writing scripts of the various spinoffs. My guess is Cogman’s won’t be ready by the potential 2020 deadline.
So all this has nothing to do with Martin’s timetable at all. Honest.
Are you looking forward to there being a larger peek into the past of Westeros over the course of five more shows? What time periods would you be most interested in HBO exploring? Share your thoughts below!
Source: TV Line