It’s written in stone that Game of Thrones will come to an end after the eighth season, closing the storyline of the Fire and Ice saga the show adapted from the books. But just because this story is ending, doesn’t mean it’s the last fans have seen of the world.
HBO has closed a deal with four different writers to explore the possibilities of a spin-off set in the Game of Thrones universe. The four writers are Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island), Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Golden Circle), Brian Helgeland (Legend), and Carly Wray (Mad Men, The Leftovers).
Goldman and Wray are set to work with Game of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin to flesh out their ideas on an individual basis. Dan Weiss and David Benioff will also be attached to the four projects, as the directors had a huge role in bringing the series to life.
The idea for a spin-off has been talked about for a while now, ever since the show really began to gain traction. Martin created a massive world, filled with unexplored settings and events from the past, and possible storylines to branch off of the series after it ends.
A prequel series has already been written by the author, set 100 years before the events of the show telling The tales of Dunk and Egg, A Hedge Knight (Ser Duncan the Tall) who takes on a prince (Aemon Targaryen) as his squire. While the prequel series is significantly shorter – published as novellas instead of books – and unfinished (sound familiar book fans?) there is still plenty of potential for a show to be based around their adventures.
Regardless of what is to come, there is still plenty of Game of Thrones left in the meantime, as Season 7 of is set to premiere July 16.