Speaking to THR, HBO president of programming Casey Bloys reiterated that the prequel — which would feature all new characters — wont be launched directly on the back of the mothership’s eighth and final season:
The priority here is obviously season seven and then season eight. You’re not going to see a situation where we’re launching a prequel on the back of the final season. The final season is going to be its own event. It’s going to be a big deal for us and the fans. I’m not interested in using it to launch any other show. We mentioned the spin-offs because obviously there’s a lot of interest in them, but it’s a very embryonic process, and you know how development goes — it can be a long process. We confirmed their existence because there was a lot of interest, but it’s not something that we are fast-tracking to get done to air immediately after the final season. I’m guessing fans will need some time to decompress from how amazing the final season is.
However, Bloys is targeting a multi-season run for the successful prequel, with another prequel to potentially follow after its run:
I think overdoing it — like having multiple shows — there’s a risk of diluting the quality and driving it into the ground. I have no interest in doing that. But it would be nice if we got one of these off the ground and it ran for multiple seasons. The nice thing about George’s universe is it’s so vast. Could you do another one after that? Sure.
The seventh and penultimate season of GOT premieres July 16, 2017, with the final season slated to air in 2018/19.
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