Settle in, we’re at *least* two years away from the first “Game of Thrones” spinoff

We still have a season and a half to go before we *officially* have to say goodbye to Game of Thrones and we have NO idea how we’re going to handle life without the beloved show. Clearly, HBO feels the same way, as the premium cable network is currently working on four (or five) replacement ideas set within George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire universe to serve as a GoT spinoff.

But just because the ideas are being explored doesn’t mean we’ll be seeing them any time soon.

HBO president of programming Casey Bloys revealed at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that it will be another few years before a potential GoT show airs and the reason is simple: The final season of Game of Thrones needs to come first.

"The number one priority in all of this is the final season of Game of Thrones. I don't want to do anything with a spin off or anything that detracts or distracts from that," Bloys told the crowd. "That season will happen, and my guess is it would be at least a year before you saw anything else. What I don't want is the attention to be drawn from the final season, which I think is going to be epic and amazing, and somehow have the distraction of a new Game of Thrones airing right after that. It's best to separate it and that's what we'll do."

Seriously though, there is so much going on during a single moment on GoT that our brains would probably explode if we had TWO ASOIF shows to watch at the same time.

Bloys told reporters that there isn’t a premiere date for the final season of GoT, but all six scripts for the final episodes have been written; showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are currently working out the final production schedule. This means it’ll probably be another two years at the very least before a potential spinoff would air. Bloys also confirmed that none of the spinoff ideas would involve a current cast member — which makes us even more curious about the prequel ideas HBO is working on. We do know one thing — it will definitely *not* be Robert’s Rebellion.

While we don’t even want to think about the end of Game of Thrones, we’re definitely getting more intrigued about these prequel ideas.

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