HBO is making plans for life after Game of Thrones — by green-lighting a lot more Game of Thrones.
A spokesperson for the cable net confirms that it has inked deals with four writers — Jane Goldman (X-Men), Brian Helgeland (Mystic River) , Carly Wray (Mad Men) and Max Borenstein (Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island) — to “explore different time periods of George R. R. Martin’s vast and rich universe. There is no set timetable for these projects. We’ll take as much or as little time as the writers need and, as with all our development, we will evaluate what we have when the scripts are in.”
The spokesperson added that GoT showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff “continue to work on finishing up the seventh season and are already in the midst of writing and preparing for the eighth and final season. We have kept them up to date on our plans and they will be attached, along with Martin, as executive producers on all projects. We will support them as they take a much deserved break from writing about Westeros once the final season is complete.”
There’s no word if the various projects will be prequels or sequels.
Game of Thrones‘ penultimate, seven-episode seventh season is set to premiere on Sunday, July 16, with the eighth and final season slated to follow in Summer 2018.
Kit Harington recently assured fans that what Season 7 lacks in quantity it will more than make up for in quality. “They spent an increasing amount of money on less episodes, so it’s gonna be much bigger in scale, the CGI,” Jon Snow’s portrayer said. “We’re trying new things, experimenting with new camera techniques. I think we’re trying to break boundaries and push past boundaries in these final two seasons.”