Game of Thrones Spinoff

Game of Thrones Showrunners Nix Spinoff Involvement: 'For Us, This Is It'

The world of Game of Thrones might (might!) continue with a spinoff — but the current showrunners won’t be a part of it.

Speaking backstage at the Emmys following their second straight win for Outstanding Drama Series, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss addressed talk of a possible prequel to HBO’s hit fantasy series.

“You might want to ask George about that,” Benioff said, gesturing to Thrones book author George RR Martin, who attended the awards show with them. “It’s a great world that George created. It’s a very rich world. I’m sure there will be other series set in Westeros. But for us, this is it.”

Martin himself conceded, “There’s a wealth of material there, and I’m still writing more.” But the current run of Game of Thrones — set for two more seasons at HBO — takes precedence, he said. “At the moment, we still have this show to finish, and I still have two more books to finish.” (Yeah, George, why are you wasting time hanging out at the Emmys anyway? Get to writing!)

It’s understandable why HBO would want to keep the Thrones gravy train going with a spinoff. It’s now the highest-rated show in the network’s history, and with Sunday’s three wins, it’s now garnered the most Emmys (38) of any primetime show in history.

Back in May, HBO programming president Casey Bloys dropped hints about a possible GoT spinoff: “We’ve talked about it. It’s not something I’m opposed to, but it has to make sense creatively.” He added, though, that “there are no concrete plans.”

Which GoT characters would you like to see get their own spinoff? Hit the comments and name names. (And be sure to spell them correctly.)

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  1. Joey says:

    Waitaminute….does that mean that if there is a spinoff, it’ll be good with showrunners who actually respect the source material!?

    • Redeye says:

      There’s no such thing as that. Adapters job is to adapt a story for television or film, with that comes differences. You won’t find anything better from different Showrunners.

      • philyg123 says:

        That’s not true. Some show runners actually respect the source material and don’t make unnecessary changes or try to fix something. They don’t butcher storylines or characters and they actually stay true to the message of the books.
        Benioff and Weiss completely ruined the story of ASoIaF and have absolutely no idea what it’s supposed to be about.

        • Joey says:

          Thank you. You replied before I got a chance. A lot of people don’t seem to get that when I say “respect the source material”, I don’t mean every scene, word-for-word, has to be laid out onscreen. All I mean is that the major events of the series that takes place actually makes sense within the confines of the universe that the showrunners have created, and unfortunately, they don’t.

          • philyg123 says:

            I am always open to changes, and adaptations do have to change things, but D&D just change too much don’t improve the story in any way.

            Although it would be very difficult to change parts from ASoIaF so that it’s perfect for tv or movie.

  2. Ally Oop says:

    I’d like to see a sequel set in Essos, the mysterious continent no one in Westeros knows a lot about. Have a character from Game of Thrones end up there somehow.