WARNING: Spoilers Ahead! Turn back now if you still haven’t watched the ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale!
If you, like me, watched the final episode of ‘Game of Thrones’ and could not help but notice how many loose ends there were, and wonder if HBO was potentially setting up sequel series for Arya in the West, or one with Jon leading the Wildlings in the North, or a situational comedy starring Tyrion and his wacky council (still reeling over Bronn being Master of Coin for some reason), or even the long-shot of Drogon bringing Dani’s body to a Red Priest (or Priestess) for a resurrection in the East, have no fear. It’s not happening.
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According to a recent interview HBO Programming President Casey Bloys had with THR, apparently, there is NO plan for any sequel or spin-off of the series with any of the original stars, regardless of how the finale seemed to be setting things up. In Bloys’ own words:
“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 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.”
Of course, after the, let’s say controversial reactions to not only the finale but the final season in general, Bloys could just be hedging his bets and telling us that was never the plan. And if people had been ecstatic about the end of ‘Game of Thrones’ they might have actually considered some of those sequel ideas, especially the one about Arya in the West, as that seemed particularly poised as set-up for the continuing adventures of a major hero from the series, with a set-up that would have been very different than anything we had already seen in the original series. Not to mention it would take place in a brand new location and have to star a brand new cast, with Arya being the only character we knew.
Still, there will be spin-offs, with three currently in development, and the one starring Naomi Watts starting to shoot its pilot episode in just a few weeks, so we are not yet done with Westeros, for better or worse.
After the final season, are you willing to return for a spin-off series and see what else HBO has in store for audiences? Do you think anyone else but D.B. Weiss and David Benioff can tackle the world created by George R.R. Martin? Without source material (which many, including myself, cite as the main reason for the problems with the last few seasons of ‘Game of Thrones’) could the prequels ever hope to compare to the original show? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!