As it stands, HBO’s Game of Thrones will have two more shortened seasons before wrapping on the stories of Arya Stark, Jon Snow, and Daenerys Targaryen… but that doesn’t mean that’s the last fans will see of Westeros on the small screen.
The Hollywood Reporter caught up to HBO programming president Casey Bloys during Westworld‘s premiere, and Bloys insisted that while no concrete plans were being made currently, the network absolutely intends to continue the franchise: “There are so many properties and areas to go to. For us, it’s about finding the right take with the right writer.”
Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have stated that they will not be the ones to do it, but Bloys was encouraging on that front as well, stating that they could absolutely be involved in some capacity, though he knows that both will undoubtedly want a break once the series is complete. No writers have been assigned to a new project all the same, so the development of any Thrones related material is a blank slate at the moment.
But would the series be a prequel, or some form of continuation? That, too, is up in the air. George R.R. Martin himself made a comment at the Emmys to that end, pointing out that he has a plethora of reference material that would be useful down the road: “I do have thousands of pages of fake history of everything that led up to Game of Thrones. So there’s a wealth of material there and I’m still writing more.”
[via The Hollywood Reporter]