Could we be getting a prequel or sequel after all?
Game Of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have suggested that a spin-off series could potentially come to fruition.
The sixth season of the hit HBO fantasy show recently concluded, and it has been revealed that seasons seven and eight will be the last two.
While HBO president Michael Lombardo recently said that the network would be “open” to a spin-off and that “there’s enormous storytelling to be mined in a prequel”, the showrunners had distanced themselves from the idea.
But now, speaking on the UFC Unfiltered podcast, the pair appear more keen. “One of the great things about what George [RR Martin] did is he didn’t just build a story… he built a world,” they said, according to Digital Spy.
They continued, “[There’s] so many characters and such a rich detailed history behind it that there are a lot of different ways you could go with it.”
“We just haven’t had time to really think through the details of it, because we’re so focused on just getting the show made.”
“This is such a 24-hour-a-day job. Once we start thinking about [any spin-off], we realise we have other things that are immediately pressing that we need to be thinking about!”
It was recently revealed season seven of Game Of Thrones has been delayed.
Typically, each new series of the HBO show has started in April, but that will not be the case with the penultimate series.
Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have revealed that the new series won’t begin until later in 2017.
“We don’t have an air date yet, but this year will probably be a little bit later,” they said on the UFC Unfiltered podcast.
“We’re starting a bit later because at the end of this season, ‘Winter is here’ – and that means that sunny weather doesn’t really serve our purposes any more.
“So we kind of pushed everything down the line, so we could get some grim grey weather even in the sunnier places that we shoot.”