Game of Thrones Spinoffs Are Coming, Says HBO

06.02.2017 Culture

It looks like winter will keep on coming—or, at least several new Game of Thrones spinoff series, according to HBO. With very little information confirmed by the network, fans have been quick to speculate what these new series could be. Here’s what we know (and think) so far!

Writing Westeros

HBO has brought on four writers to draft scripts for possible spinoff series exploring the wider world and history of Game of Thrones. While all four writers have closed deals with HBO, there are very few details at this time. However, judging by each writer’s previous work, we should be in for something good. The House of the Script:

  • Max Borenstein, known for his work with Godzilla (2014) and Kong: Skull Island (2017)
  • Jane Goldman, known for Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) and The Golden Circle (2017), Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children (2016), X-Men: First Class (2011) and Days of Future Past (2014), Kick-Ass (2010), and Stardust (2007).
  • Brian Helgeland, known for Legend (2015), 42 (2013), Robin Hood (2010), The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009), Mystic River (2003), and A Knight’s Tale (2001).
  • Carly Wray, known for The Leftovers (2017) and Mad Men (2013 – 2015).


Dan Weiss and David Benioff, the current executive producers and showrunners of Game of Thrones, will also be involved with the spinoff series, as will George R. R. Martin, the novelist of A Song of Ice and Fire series. According to rumor, Martin will be working individually with Goldman and Wray on their scripts, but he will not be writing.


When Can We Expect Game of Thrones Spinoffs?

No timeline or production schedule has been confirmed. Instead, HBO wants the writers to focus on developing quality material. A spokesperson, quoted in Variety, has said that the network plans to “take as much or as little time as the writers need and, as with all of our development, we will evaluate what we have when the scripts are in.”

Fans have been speculating whether HBO would pursue a spinoff series for years. It looks like we’ll have to wait a bit longer to see what these new series will be. But so far, the careful consideration for these new projects seems reassuring.


Where Will We Be Spinning Off To?

Polygon compiled some of the most likely (and a few of the most hoped for) possibilities for new Game of Thrones series, according to fan speculation. The most convincing theories came from other material George R. R. Martin has published in various anthologies and short stories, including some of the prequels to A Song of Ice and Fire. Could we see the adventures of Dunk and Egg or Robert’s Rebellion and the fall of Targaryen? What about the Night’s King?

Martin has since clarified what the Game of Thrones spinoffs might feature—or, rather, what they won’t focus on. Apparently, the spinoff series will be prequels instead of sequels, but they won’t follow any storylines or characters we’ve already seen. According to Martin, some of these new stories “may not even be set on Westeros.” In a recent blog post, Martin revealed that HBO is looking into a possible fifth spinoff series as well, though most reports have only confirmed four.

Game of Thrones: The Final Seasons

If nothing else, HBO knows how to tantalize fans. While we wait for more details to emerge for these spinoffs, we can look forward to the final seasons of Game of Thrones. Season seven premiers on July 16th, and the historic series is slated to conclude with its eighth and final season sometime next year.


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