As you’re undoubtedly already aware, there are only 13 hours of Game of Thrones left, and they will be spread out over two seasons to prolong the agony of fans. With an endgame in mind for the series, it should come as no surprise that HBO would be looking for a way to keep this lucrative franchise going in some way after the series finale, and one of the ways to do that would be with some kind of prequel series. The show, and the books it’s based, refer back to a rich history in the imaginary land of Westeros, just don’t expect the guys behind the current show to want to come back and explore it further.
While backstage at the Emmys last night, where Thrones surpassed Frasier for being the TV series with the most Emmy wins in history, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss talked about the future of the world, or rather its past. “You might want to ask George about that,” said Benioff to TVLine about any future prequel potential. “It’s a great world that George created. It’s a very rich world. I’m sure there will be other series set in Westeros. But for us, this is it.”
A Song of Fire and Ice author George R.R. Martin was also backstage at the Emmys (which assuredly means that someone on social media somewhere is yelling about how he should be writing and not going to awards sows), and he agreed with Benioff about his world. “There’s a wealth of material there, and I’m still writing more,” he said. “At the moment, we still have this show to finish, and I still have two more books to finish.”
Indeed, but much like the world created by another “R.R.”, J.R.R. Tolkien, whose backstory for the land of Middle Earth in The Lord of the Rings covered thousands of years, there’s a lot of interesting directions that a Game of Thrones prequel could go into. Whether its a short jaunt back to the rebellion against the Mad King lead by Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark, or going back hundreds of years to when the Night’s Watch was at strength and dragons were plentiful, a lot of doors could open for anyone that wants to take on the job. But yes, let’s wait and see till the current show is finished before we start looking to the future. Or past.
Game of Thrones returns sometime next summer on HBO.
Source: Geek Tyrant