In two years, HBO will have to wave good-bye to Game of Thrones, the series that has been its most successful by far … and one tough act to follow.
But what’s next? The cable channel hopes it starts with Westworld, it’s crazy sci-fi western that bowed over the weekend. But if HBO programming head Casey Bloys has his way, whatever the future is, it must include Westeros.
“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.”
Bloys told The Hollywood Reporter, in fact, that he might sleep a little easier if the masterminds who originally translated Game of Thrones to the screen – David Benioff and D.B. Weiss – would come back and make it happen. Benioff, however, quickly dismissed that late last month after winning his fourth Emmy for the series.
“I’m sure there will be other series set in Westeros, but for us, this is it.”
Benioff says that now, but Bloys is convinced he might not say it in a few years after he’s had a chance to rest following the Thrones conclusion.
“You’re getting them right when they’re about to embark on production. It’s a big, big commitment for them, not just their creative force, but also their family life. They’re gone for months at a time. So it’s a big, big thing. But should we find a property that makes sense as a spinoff or a prequel – whatever you want to say – I would not expect them to do it, because they’re going to need to decompress for a good amount of time, but it would certainly be nice to have their involvement in some way.”
It might take a lifetime for Thrones author George R.R. Martin to get a book done (the series already has jumped past all the books published), but the scribe has been busy with history. In fact, Martin told the media at the Emmys he has “thousands of pages of fake history” and that he’s still “writing more.”
One possibility, he told the Los Angeles Times last April, could be adapting a set of novellas Martin wrote in the late 1990s and early 2000s known collectively as the Tales of Dunk and Egg. The stories take place 100 years before Game of Thrones and feature Ser Duncan the Tall – a future member of the Kingsguard – and future king Aegon V Targaryen.
“Each of the novellas could easily be done as a two-hour standalone movie for television. That would probably be the ideal way to do them, rather than as an ongoing weekly series.”
Then again, that would be up to HBO. And right now, they have at least until 2018 to figure it out, so there probably won’t be any decisions made soon.
The seventh and penultimate season of Game of Thrones will make its way to HBO in early summer 2017.
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