Game of Thrones has a record number of Emmys wins, huge ratings, and a fanbase that's begging the show to go on past the planned final two seasons on HBO. But when he was asked about the possibility of a prequel series backstage at the 2016 Emmy Awards, series creator George R.R. Martin — true to form — decided to delay any announcements until a currently unscheduled later date.
"Well I do have thousands of pages of fake history that have led up to Game of Thrones. At the moment, we still have a show to finish and I still have two books to finish," Martin told press at the Emmy Awards media center, after Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss kicked the question over to the author. "So for now, that's all speculation."
So let's speculate! Fans have been discussing Thrones spin-offs since it first became clear than Martin's sixth book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series on which Thrones is based wouldn't be released before a sixth season of the show appeared on TV. Instead, fans posited, HBO could release a prequel series with a different cast, in order to kill time.
Obviously that didn't happen (the sixth season finished earlier this year, and won a bucketload of awards Sunday night), but the idea has persisted. One popular theory, that HBO could move forward after Thrones ends with a prequel focusing on Ned Stark's (Sean Bean) early days, seems to have been shot down by the fact that most of the important prequel scenes showed up during flashbacks during Season 6.
But there's one other prequel idea that's been bumping around for a while: Martin himself has written a series of short novels set about a century before the events of Game of Thrones, focusing on hedge knight and squire called Dunk & Egg. Could a prequel including none of the original characters work for fans?
Hey, Harry Potter is trying the same thing, and that looks pretty good.