HBO confirms talks with George RR Martin over ‘Game Of Thrones’ spin-off series

Future of show after season eight finale remains in balance

HBO’s programming president Casey Bloys has confirmed that the network is in talks with author George RR Martin over a potential Game Of Thrones spin-off series.

Game of Thrones season 7 is expected to air by summer 2017, with season 8 already confirmed as its finale outing.

Rumours have long suggested that a prequel or spin-off series could be in the works but Martin recently described the reports as simply “speculation”.

Now Entertainment Weekly reports that Bloys has said: “I would say it’s still kind of preliminary ongoing talks. There are areas we are exploring, but I wouldn’t point to any one and say, ‘This is what we’re going to do.’

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Meanwhile, George RR Martin recently responded to Donald Trump’s US election win, writing: “Winter is coming. I told you so.”

In a blog post titled ‘President Pussygrabber’ last week, the author wrote of news that the billionaire TV personality will be the 45th President of the United States: “There are really no words for how I feel this morning,”

He added: “America has spoken. I really thought we were better than this. Guess not. Trump was the least qualified candidate ever nominated by a major party for the presidency. Come January, he will become the worst president in American history, and a dangerously unstable player on the world stage.”

“And the decimated Democrats, a minority in both House and Senate, do not have the power to hinder him. Over the next four years, our problems are going to get much, much worse.”

“Winter is coming. I told you so.”