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HBO Boss Gives Update on Game of Thrones Prequels

The Emmy self-submission is explained too

Tim Surette

Game of Thronesmay have come and gone, but as they say in the Iron Islands, what is dead may never die. HBO isn't ready to leave the world of Westeros and has spin-offs in the works, including a prequel that is already in production. At the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Los Angeles, HBO's president of programming, Casey Bloys, gave the latest on the prequel's status.

"We finished shooting the [pilot of the] prequel in Belfast, I was very excited about footage I saw in the past," Bloys said. "They're editing it now."

Bloys did not have any updates about the other spin-offs in the works, which are still in early development.

​Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington, Game of Thrones

Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington, Game of Thrones


The Game of Thrones prequel, which has yet to be named, is being shepherded by sci-fi mainstay Jane Goldman (X-Men: First Class) with a script co-written by Goldman and Game of Thrones mastermind George R.R. Martin. The cast includes Naomi Watts and Josh Whitehouse, but don't go looking for details on their characters -- or the show itself -- because they're all being kept under wraps.

While fans may have been excited to spend more time in the world of Game of Thrones when HBO revealed plans to extend the series through spin-offs, the enthusiasm may have subsided following the backlash to the final season, which many say felt rushed and incomplete. But HBO isn't concerned at all.

Bloys bluntly stated that the reaction to the final season is having no impact on the network's production of the prequel or the other planned spin-offs "at all." And why would it? The final season raked in a record 32 Emmy nominations.

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Among those nominations were nods for Carice van Houten, Gwendoline Christie, and Alfie Allen, who took an unusual route to hear their names read at the podium. Instead of being submitted for nomination by HBO, which is the industry standard practice, they all submitted themselves. Bloys talked about that, and there are certainly no hard feelings by either parties.

"Game of Thrones is unique because I think it has 26, 27, 28 series regulars, which is unusual," Bloys said. "But we have someone who has worked at HBO for many, many years who is an expert in awards, she will work with showrunners to figure out what's the best chance for success. I think the challenge for a show that big is that if everybody submitted themselves, they could cancel out the entire show. So there is some strategic thinking on how to submit, but ultimately, if someone decides to submit on their own, we'll help them and their reps too. I think it's the first time anyone who self-submitted was nominated, so I think that's great."

So yeah, no hard feelings, but just so Bloys knows, actors have submitted themselves for Emmys before and received a nomination. In fact, Tiffany Haddish not only received a nomination after self-submitting herself last year for hosting Saturday Night Live, but also she won.

Game of Thrones is available on HBO's streaming apps. The prequel has not yet been ordered to series.