Higher-ups from HBO are reportedly interested in continuing the franchise by way of a spinoff, despite the show’s current writers saying they would not return once it reaches its conclusion.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, programming president Casey Bloys said he’d be open to the show returning in some form, provided there’s a good story behind it.
“There are so many properties and areas to go to. For us, it’s about finding the right take with the right writer.”
Bloys also commented on writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss not returning to the show once it finishes in 2018, saying they may change their minds.
“You’re getting them right when they’re about to embark on production. It’s a big, big commitment for them, not just their creative force, but also their family life. They’re gone for months at a time. So it’s a big, big thing. But should we find a property that makes sense as a spinoff or a prequel — whatever you want to say — I would not expect them to do it, because they’re going to need to decompress for a good amount of time, but it would certainly be nice to have their involvement in some way. At what level? I have no idea.”
Creator of Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin said that there were plenty of other stories in the GoT universe to adapt, citing his novella series Dunk and Egg.
As well as the writers, some of the show’s cast have ruled out returning once their watch has ended, with Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke both shooting down rumours of their characters coming back.
Game of Thrones is due to come back for two more seasons, that will run with less episodes than previous seasons.
This is thought to be because the episodes will be longer, due to the grandiose nature of the current story.
The show will return to HBO and Sky Atlantic in the summer of 2017, but no release date has been announced yet.
Source: Screen Rant