Wait, is a “Game of Thrones” spinoff actually happening?
It hasn’t even been a month since we said goodbye to the latest season of Game of Thrones, and already, we’re hardcore missing a) the magnificence of Jon Snow’s hair, b) the magnificence of Cercei’s sipping wine while
Rome Westeros burns and c) hate watching as all of our favorite characters are systematically killed off and/or brought back to life.
And yet, rumors are have already been flying that a spinoff, prequel, or something else-quel could be a possibility (hey, we’ll take it!) Given the show’s rampant success on HBO, it’s not exactly surprising that the premium cable network would want to ride this cash cow as long as possible.
All we were waiting for was some sort of confirmation. And we pretty much got it when showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss said in a recent interview on the UFC Unfiltered podcast that they’re not opposed to keeping up with the Westeros crew.
“One of the great things about what George [RR Martin] did is he didn’t just build a story… he built a world,” the duo said.
True, with the massive books and an impossible number of characters, there’s plenty of material to work with, not to mention that there’s so much history in the books that the show, for obvious reasons, can only skim—so, all good so far.
Benioff and Weiss said that thanks to the aggressive shooting schedule and jam-packed plotlines, they haven’t had a chance to really think about what comes before or after “Game of Thrones.”
“This is such a 24-hour-a-day job. Once we start thinking about [any spinoff], we realize we have other things that are immediately pressing that we need to be thinking about!” they said.
Well, can’t fault them for being busy. And if you want to look at creative genius, just compare how long it’s taken Martin to finish his latest book.
One thing is pretty obvious—don’t expect to see any spinoff before “Game of Thrones” wraps up in 2018.
But if any of the HBO writers are reading this (and want our input), we’d humbly like to see a spinoff all about the pint-sized ruler of Bear Island, Lyanna Mormont.
Working title? “That’s So Lyanna.”