Game Of Thrones will not be survived by five ‘spinoffs’. While HBO is developing five prequel series, programming chief Casey Bloys has stressed that not all of them will make it to air.
In fact, Bloys says the current goal is to find one prequel TV series that is good enough to take the crown from Game Of Thrones, per EW:
“I want to put the prequels in context. It should go without saying I love having a show with this much intense interest around it. Even the smallest bit of information is a big deal and I appreciate that. But I wanted to make sure fans know this is a really embryonic process. I haven’t even seen outlines. In the press at large, everybody said, ‘there are four spinoffs’ and they assume that means each one is happening and we’re going to have a new Game of Thrones show per quarter. That’s not what’s going on. The idea is not to do four shows. The bar set by [Benioff and Weiss] is so high that my hope is to get one show that lives up to it. Also, this is a long-term plan. Our No. 1 goal is the seventh season this summer and getting the eighth season written and aired.”
Bloys explains that developing five prequels at once increases the chances of one making the cut:
If you only developed one, everything would rest on that one shot. It’s such a special show. I want to make sure that [any prequel] feels worthy. We have some amazing writers who want to take a shot at this. They’re also looking at different times in the universe and all will have different feels. This increases our odds of finding one that’s unique.
Game Of Thrones Season 7 premieres July 16, 2017, with the eighth and final season slated to air in 2018-19. On the possibility of the final episodes airing in 2019, Bloys noted:
[Benioff and Weiss] have to write the episodes and figure out the production schedule. We’ll have a better sense of that once they get further into the writing.
Stay tuned as we continue to monitor the birth of the Game Of Thrones spinoff/prequel…