Game of Thrones: HBO boss speak out on future spin-offs ‘Don’t have a number’

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Two years after Game of Thrones aired its finale in May 2019, the show’s first spin-off House of the Dragon is starting production. It was announced by HBO Chief Content Officer Casey Bloys in a recent interview, where he also spoke about other Game of Thrones projects they have planned for the future. 

“We’re thrilled with Miguel and Ryan, their collaboration and their collaboration with us, and excited to get going,” said Bloys, talking about Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik who wrote the spin-off alongside George RR Martin. 

“That’s all moving ahead and we are excited about that,” he added.

When the project was first announced, it was as part of four other Game of Throne prequels HBO was pursuing. 

The only series fans know so far that has headed for production is House of the Dragon, but they don’t plan on stopping here. 

The network is again ramping up development for new projects including an adaptation of George RR Martin’s Tales of Dunk & Egg novellas. 

The aim would be to have multiple Game of Thrones series air at the same time.

“We are talking about other areas that make sense as well,” said Bloys. 

“George RR Martin’s world is so big and what’s interesting about it, not only is it big but he’s got a lot of road maps in terms of history.

“So one of the great things about House of the Dragon is that’s an established history that leads you to Game of Thrones, the show, and there is a lot of little branches.

“There is a lot of opportunities and stories to tell,” said Bloys. 

In terms of the number of shows they are going for, he said that “the number is the shows that are good.”

“I’d rather get scripts good and make them stories worth telling than shoot for a certain number of shows,” he said. 

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“I don’t necessarily have a number in mind but the goal is always the same which is, let’s get in business with people we believe in and shows that believe in and worry about the rest later.”

One name that has been floating around for new collaborators on these projects is that of writer Bruno Heller, who made The Mentalist and Gotham.  

Bloys also didn’t rule out the possibility of a Game of Thrones spin-off show that would look at the world after the main show rather than before. 

“The good news with the prequels is that there is history that George has laid out,” Bloys said. 

“We are working with George, it would really be something we talk about with him but for right now, the prequels lend themselves to it because of the really expansive history that George laid out in his world.”

After a two year hiatus, Game of Thrones fans will be ecstatic to get more insight into a new series as it moves towards production. 

Based on George RR Martin’s book Fire & Blood, the series will tell the story of House Targaryen. 

So far the cast includes Paddy Considine, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy and Matt Smith. 

Game of Thrones is available to stream on Now TV.

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