EW: Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss previously told EW they wanted to cap the hit series at 73 hours, with seven episodes this year and six in an eighth (and final) season thereafter. But HBO’s programming president Casey Bloys told EW that the GoT bosses are still mulling over how many episodes will air during that final season. …
HBO is also talking to writers about a possible Thrones prequel series. “It’s such a big property we would be foolish not to explore it, but it’s a pretty high bar,” he said. “We’ll take some shots at it. I’m not going to do it just to do it. It has to feel very special. I would rather have no sequel and leave it as-is then have something we rushed out.”
Bloys noted that a prequel seems more likely than a spin-off that uses existing characters. “A prequel feels like it has less pressure on it [than a spin-off],” he said “[Author George R.R. Martin’s history of Westeros] gives you areas in which to say to a writer, ‘If you were going to do this, then go flesh it out,’ and we’ll see what comes back. But I don’t feel any pressure that we have to have something.” …
Big if true. Obviously this is all unconfirmed and unofficial. But it appears that, at the very least, the Thrones writers and HBO have had a conversation about extending the show. And a prequel is more likely than a spinoff. That’s what we do know, not that it really tells us anything. Regardless, this is a big time story despite its lack of substance. I’m actually torn on this. The majority of my being yearns for as much Game of Thrones as possible; it is the best show on television, and if the show would never end, I’d live a happy life. Thrones makes life worth living. That overwhelming majority says to sign me up for a spinoff or prequel in any capacity.
…the show is so great that I have that fear that it’s holiness and legacy could be tainted with a branch series. The article says that the writers would only seriously pursue it if it felt “special”. They’re not making a prequel for the sake of making a prequel, and that’s very encouraging. There’s no telling if this actually going to happen, but the signs are all positive to this point. I have to imagine there are a lot of moving parts to get a project like this off the ground, and the timetable has to be open ended. We’re looking at multiple years of waiting before this hits the airwaves if the stars align.
The facts are that there are no facts as of now. But rumors are good enough for me to run with. This is a middle-school level write up, but the story is MASSIVE, especially in the seemingly everlasting offseason that Thrones tortures us with year after year (this one being longer than ever). Again, I’m not totally sold on this idea, but luckily I’m not forced to give a knee jerk reaction until George RR Martin knocks on my door and tells me it’s a go.