13. There are 13 episodes left in Game of Thrones. The first seven drop this summer, and the remaining six will be released in 2018, but after that, HBO will be without what is currently its biggest hit, and what has become a cultural touchstone with millions of fans around the world. With the exception of George R.R. Martin‘s remaining novels in the Song of Fire and Ice series, that’s it for the gang from Westeros, right? Not necessarily. HBO, and the team behind the series is currently developing not just one, not just two, but four potential spin-offs to continue Thrones TV legacy after the series finale.
Deadline is reporting that four different creative teams are at work on four potential Game of Thrones spin-offs. Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island screenwriter Max Borenstein is working on one, and so is A Knight’s Tale director and L.A. Confidential screenwriter Brian Helgeland. Martin, meanwhile, is working on the other two concepts, teaming up with Matthew Vaughan’s screenwriting collaborator Jane Goldman for one, and with Westworld and The Leftovers writer Carly Wray on the other. Game of Thrones show runners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff will serve as executive producers on all projects, but they’re too busy with the main show to have an active role.
Obviously, there’s no word yet on what the spin-offs will be about, or who they will focus on, or what time period they’ll take place in. Potential spin-off topics have included the rebellion led by Robert Baratheon to dispose the “mad king” Aerys Targaryen II 15 summers before the start of the series, and the construction of the Wall in the North thousands of years before that. Of course, a spin-off could also take place long after the events of Game of Thrones in a more technologically advanced Westeros. The sky’s the limit, and probably will be because HBO really wants to keep Game of Thrones around. Stay tuned for more details.
Game of Thrones returns on July 16.