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HBO chief teases ‘familiar bloodlines’ in Game of Thrones prequel spinoffs

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Jan 12, 2018, 11:09 AM EST

We first heard about the five Game of Thrones prequel spinoffs currently in development at HBO in May last year, and now the cable network has just revealed some intriguing news about the project.

In an interview with TVLine, HBO president Casey Bloys said that the fresh series will not feature any of the existing characters — but did make sure to add that “there may be [familiar] bloodlines.” Does that mean we will see some long-forgotten members of the Stark, Targaryen, Baratheon, and Lannister families? The unnerving wait begins.

Among some of the writers already confirmed to work on the project are Max Borenstein (Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island) and Jane Goldman (X-Men, Kick-Ass). George R.R. Martin is also said to be attached to the projects in some capacity.

Bloys also noted that the earliest any of the new series would air is one year after Game of Thrones‘ series finale (which will bow in 2019). "We want the final season of Game of Thrones, being the special event that it is, [to stand on its own]," he explained. "We don’t want to use it to launch [a new series]. We want some separation there.”

Giving an update on the project thus far, Bloys told the site that he’s “liking what I’m seeing. I have seen some things that I think are potentially very exciting.”

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