Back in May, HBO announced they are developing four Game of Thrones prequel spinoffs meant to fill the Westeros void that will be left when GoT goes off the air after Season 8. George R.R. Martin is attached to the projects in some capacity. Since HBO will no doubt choose the strongest of the four stories to adapt for the small screen, how soon can we expect the spinoff to debut after GoT's last episode?
During the Television Critics Association’s press tour on Wednesday, HBO chief Casey Bloys said fans will have to wait at least a year after Game of Thrones wraps up for the spinoff to air. The reason? The network doesn’t want to draw people’s attention away from the final two seasons of the hit fantasy series, which is pretty understandable.
Bloys also confirmed none of the projects will feature characters from the main series (don’t forget, the projects are prequels). Here's what he said:
“The No. 1 priority in all of this is the final season of Game of Thrones. I don’t want to do anything with a spin-off or anything that detracts or distracts from that. That season will happen and my guess is it would be at least a year before you saw anything else. What I don’t want is the attention to be drawn from the final season, which I think is going to be epic and amazing and somehow have the distraction of a new Game of Thrones airing right after that. It’s best to separate it and that’s what we’ll do.”
Game of Thrones is currently airing its seventh season, with Sunday’s installment finally giving us the moment we’ve all been waiting for: Dany (Emilia Clarke) and Jon (Kit Harington) meeting for the first time! And although Bloys declined to confirm this at the TCA, Season 8 is expected to air sometime next year.
What do you guys think of the wait time between the end of Game of Thrones and the spinoff's premiere (not before 2019 at the very least)? In the meanwhile, check out the promo for Episode 3, titled “The Queen’s Justice.”