Some type of spinoff to HBO’s Game of Thrones has been expected since we the fans, and especially HBO, realized how big of a hit it was. The world that the “Song of Ice and Fire” series is set in runs so very deep with history, it can be overwhelming to try to take it all in. It would be crazy not to bring some of those other stories to life. There’s a wealth of great tales to be told—especially ones that happened before the events of the show—such as Robert’s Rebellion, the Children of the Forest (seen above), the fall of the city of Valyria, and so many more. That’s why it was no great shock to find out that, after the main series wraps up, a prequel was more likely than a spinoff.
Now comes news even more exciting than just a potential prequel. It’s being reported that not one, but FOUR different potential Game of Thrones spinoffs are now being developed, and four writers have signed on to work on them along with George R.R. Martin.
At the moment, we do not know exactly what types of series are in the works. HBO wouldn’t say if they were prequels or sequels, spinoffs or companions. All they would say is that they will “explore different time periods of George R.R. Martin’s vast and rich universe.”
Moving forward, I think we should just consider any series that comes after the main series, no matter when they’re set or which characters they follows, spinoffs. And that’ll be easier on everyone’s head computers.
Deal? Great. We shall seal this agreement with mead. Someone let HBO know we made a super important decision on their behalf. Moving on!
Here are the four writers who are joining Martin to develop the series:
First we have Brian Helgeland, who won an Academy Award for writing L.A. Confidential. He was also nominated for an Oscar for writing Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River. Other writing credits include A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, Conspiracy Theory, The Postman, Eastwood’s Blood Work, Tony Scott’s Man on Fire and The Taking of Pelham 123, Green Zone, and Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood. He’s also directed a few of the screenplays he’s written, including Payback, The Order, 42, Legend starring Tom Hardy, and a personal favorite of mine, A Knight’s Tale, which starred Game of Thrones‘ own Mark Addy and others who probably should have had roles by now—namely James Purefoy and Rufus Sewell. There’s still time. And now, hopefully, these spinoffs!
Next up is Jane Goldman, who has co-written numerous Matthew Vaughn films (Stardust, Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and its sequel The Golden Circle). She’s also written the screenplays for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and The Woman in Black, co-written The Debt (also with Vaughn but not directed by him), and worked on the story of Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past (again with Vaughn and also screenwriter Simon Kinberg). Martin will also be writing two of the four spinoff series, this being one of them.
After that is Max Borenstein, whose credits include the 2014 Godzilla reboot, Kong: Skull Island, and 10 episodes of the Minority Report TV series.
Finally we have Carly Wray, who’s written episodes for TV shows like Mad Men, The Leftovers, Constantine, and The Bastard Executioner. Martin will also be writing for whatever this potential series is.
Martin is also executive producing all four series if they find life, naturally, along with Game of Thrones showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, though neither Weiss or Benioff will be involved as writers on the spinoffs.
HBO stresses that these are only potential series in development, and they haven’t been greenlighted yet. Once scripts have been written, they will then figure out whether they want to move forward with any or all of them.