Ever since HBO confirmed Game of Thrones will be concluding with its eighth season in 2018, fans have been speculating about the franchise’s future. Given how popular and profitable GoT remains, surely the network would devise some kind of spin-off — a Better Call Saul, if you will, to the original’s Breaking Bad?
Well, HBO has now exceeded our expectations by announcing that no fewer than four new series based on Game of Thrones are in development. The network didn’t say whether they are conceived as spin-offs, prequels, or sequels, but simply noted that they “explore different time periods of George R. R. Martin’s vast and rich universe,” Deadline reports.
What’s more, the network has hired some serious writing talent to devise the new shows. Kong: Skull Island‘s Max Borenstein is working on one, while Mystic River‘s Brian Helgeland is concocting another.
Meanwhile, George R.R. Martin is collaborating on two of the new shows — one with Kingsman‘s Jane Goldman as his co-writer, the other with The Leftovers and Westworld veteran Carly Wray as his co-writer. Game of Thrones showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff will serve as non-writing executive producers on all of the new series.
At this stage, HBO hasn’t announced any potential launch dates for the new series. But the network has said that when the respective scripts are completed, they will each be evaluated on their own merits. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that one of the new shows turns out to be a Maisie Williams vehicle called Arya Stark: The Glory Years.
In the meantime, fans continue to await Game of Thrones‘ seventh and penultimate season, which begins on HBO on July 16. The new episodes will include a high-profile cameo from Ed Sheeran, who has recently revealed exactly what he’ll be getting up to during his visit to Westeros.
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