Beware: there are spoilers in this article for the Game Of Thrones series finale, with HBO’s big boss quashing our hopes for any sequel shows to follow on directly from this week’s action…
The final episode of Game Of Thrones seemed to leave some doors tantalisingly open, with Arya Stark’s decision to sail west of Westeros into the unknown being picked up by fans as a particularly perfect starting point for a sequel series/spinoff that could chart her next set of exploits.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, HBO’s Casey Bloys was asked if he has “considered exploring sequels” for Game Of Thrones. THR even asked, “Specifically, Arya Stark as she travels west of Westeros?”
Bloys’ answer to that question is fairly definitive, and here it is in full:
“Nope, nope, nope. No. Part of it is, I do want this show — this Game of Thrones, Dan [Weiss] and David [Benioff]’s show — to be its own thing. I don’t want to take characters from this world that they did beautifully and put them off into another world with someone else creating it. I want to let it be the artistic piece they’ve got. That’s one of the reasons why I’m not trying to do the same show over. George [R.R. Martin] has a massive, massive world; there are so many ways in. That’s why we’re trying to do things that feel distinct — and to not try and redo the same show. That’s probably one of the reasons why, right now, a sequel or picking up any of the other characters doesn’t make sense for us.”
HBO is developing three prequel shows, at the moment, though. One of them, titled The Long Night and set hundreds of years before the main show, will shoot its pilot episode in June.
As we hear more about HBO’s future Westeros-set projects, even if they aren’t sequels, we’ll be sure to let you know…