On Thursday, it was reported that Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have proposed ending the show with 13 episodes spread over abbreviated seventh and eighth seasons. With the end in sight for the mega-hit series, the next question, is, of course: spin-off?
Since it's unlikely HBO would allow such a popular and lucrative series to just expire, and the enormity of the world leaves plenty of room to tell other stories from Westeros, it seems inevitable... But as of right now, there are no plans for a Fear the Game of Thrones.
"If that were to happen it would have to come from [Benioff and Weiss] really feeling something, or [author George R.R. Martin] really feeling that it was the right thing to do," HBO programming president Michael Lombardo told EW. "We're always going to be drawn to a strong creative vision. But we are not going to do that unless we feel their passion."
Right now, the showrunners say that they're too wrapped up in making Game of Thrones to be thinking about spin-offs. "The job at hand is too enormous and challenging to be further diffusing ourselves by thinking about spin-offs, and theme park rides, and ice ballets," Weiss told EW.
But neither of these statements are outright denials, and spin-off talk will surely get louder as the end of Game of Thrones draws nearer. There is a vast amount of material that could be used for a galaxy of spin-offs: plots from the books that didn't make the show, ancient tales from when Targaryens ruled the Seven Kingdoms, or the Hedge Knight novellas.
We at TVGuide.com would be most excited for a prequel that tells the oft-referenced, but unseen story of Robert's Rebellion, where fans would get to meet the Mad King, Rhaeger Taragaryen and Lyanna Stark; and see the civil war that directly set up the show.
What would you want to see in a Game of Thrones spin-off?