With Game of Thrones in the midst of filming its penultimate season, HBO is already thinking ahead about how to continue the sweeping success of the award-winning fantasy show long after the final credits roll. The end of Game of Thrones, which began airing in 2011, has been in sight for a long time now. The shows writers, D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have pretty much confirmed that the eighth season of the show will be its last, and with the seventh season premiering next summer, fans are already bracing themselves for the inevitable end of what has become an incredibly well-loved pop-culture phenomenon. However, it seems that we may not have to say goodbye to the world of Westeros forever when Game of Thrones‘ last episode has come and gone.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, HBO’s president of programming, Casey Bloys, hinted that the television network was in talks with author George R.R. Martin about a Game of Thrones prequel. Although Bloys avoided supplying any details and was non-committal about the finality of a decision to air a “Game of Thrones” prequel show, the fact that such an idea is being considered is certainly an exciting possibility. Fans of Game of Thrones will most likely be eager for something to fill the Westeros shaped hole in their hearts in two years time. The potential for more of the political intrigue, fantasy thrills and polarizing characters that have made Game of Thrones such a success is an exciting prospect– and HBO knows it. Game of Thrones has been amazing for HBO, and it’s not surprising that the television network is eager to hold onto one of it’s greatest sources of income. Why ruin a good thing, especially when it’s making you rich?
Assuming a Game of Thrones prequel show gets green-lit, it is interesting to consider what it will be about. The most obvious choice for a show set in Westeros’ past would be one based on George R.R. Martin’s own prequel pieces, “Dunk and Egg.“ A series of short stories and novellas set in Westeros ninety years before the events of Martin’s series A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO’s adaption, Game of Thrones, “Dunk and Egg” follows the early years of Ser Duncan the Tall who will later command the Kingsguard and Aegon V Targaryen, who will later become king. The stories, which Martin intends to continue writing in the future, are as captivating as the novels they accompany and certainly have a lot of potential for a television adaption.
While a “Dunk and Egg” prequel show seems likely, some are also advocating for a prequel series focusing on Robert’s Rebellion, which would follow the glory-filled early years of familiar characters like Robert Baratheon (his younger self, pictured) and Eddard Stark as they go to war for the honor of Ned’s sister Lyanna and ultimately upset and overthrow Targaryen rule once and for all. Of course, HBO and George R.R. Martin could surprise us all with a show that isn’t based off any pre-existing source material. The nice thing about fantasy history is that you can make it up as you go along. It is interesting to note, however, that Bloys seemed to suggest that HBO was leaning towards a “prequel” show rather than a “spin-off” one. While following the continued adventures of a fan-favorite like Jon Snow might be a low-hanging fruit, it is not difficult to imagine the sweeping success such a show would have. Perhaps, HBO is banking on the fact that even Jon Snow and Daenarys Targaryen will lose their appeal after eight years of following their story-lines….or they’ll both be dead by the end. This is Game of Thrones after all!
It’s exciting to consider the future possibilities for Westeros and its inhabitants, even after Game of Thrones has packed its blood-soaked bags and moved into retirement. Hopefully, we will be able to enjoy the innovative creativity that has made Game of Thrones so popular for years to come, in some way or another. It looks like Westeros isn’t going anywhere soon.
What would you like to see in a Game of Thrones prequel?