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Report: HBO Is Developing Game of Thrones Prequels

According to IGN, HBO is working on four potential Game of Thrones prequel series. There is no rush for this, as Game of Thrones itself still has two more seasons, but the IGN article reports that four different writers are focusing on four different time periods of George R.R. Martin’s universe (via IGN):


Each of the writers is exploring various time periods set in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire universe. The screenwriters for the different potential projects are Max Borenstein (Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island); Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Secret Service) and George R.R. Martin; Brian Helgeland (LA: Confidential, Robin Hood); and Carly Wray (Mad Men, The Leftovers) and George R.R. Martin.


IGN reports Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss—along with George R.R. Martin—would be executive producers for these new shows. As they’ve said, however, Benioff and Weiss will not be running/writing any Game of Thrones spinoffs; they will be done when Game of Thrones is done.


In the vast universe of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice And Fire, there are numerous directions these shows can go. Some of the most popular people would like to see new shows focus on are Robert’s Rebellion and the life of Rhaegar Targaryen—someone talked of highly, but never seen in the Game of Thrones series.


While everyone should be more than happy to get such a truly great series with Game of Thrones, which still has 13 sure-to-be-epic-episodes to go, no one would mind a spinoff (or maybe a few, if they’re all good) when Game of Thrones is all over. But our family trees (WARNING: SPOILERS) might need to be expanded.


Season 7 of Game of Thrones premieres on July 16 at 9:00 PM ET.


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