Less than a week ago, HBO said goodbye to its most commercially successful series, Game of Thrones. Since the show’s finale, there has more controversy than celebration. In the days following the show’s final episode, the network has dealt with angry fans, angry politicians and petitions calling for a redo. Not to mention, a fan found a misplaced water bottle during the show’s finale. With all of that being said, fans cannot wait for some more Game of Thrones.
For months now, the word surrounding Game of Thrones has been that the network is pursuing a prequel to the successful series. Unfortunately, those reports may not be as accurate as we had previously had hoped. Yes, the premium cable is currently interested in the Jane Goldman and George R.R. Martin series, The Long Night. HBO has ordered a pilot for the series which is supposed to begin filming this summer. While this may appear to be a prequel, HBO’s Programming President Casey Bloys wants to clear up any confusion.
During a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Bloys expressed the network’s plans regarding Game of Thrones moving forward. He said, “I do want this show — this Game of Thrones, Dan and David’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.” He later mentioned, “I’m not trying to do the same show over. George 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.”
Bloys is certainly not trying to do the same show or a spin-off, but that doesn’t rule out something similar to Game of Thrones. Who knows? Only time will tell.