HBO has revealed that it currently has writers working on four different potential Game of Thrones spinoff scripts.
With Game of Thrones coming to an end next year, it hasn’t taken long for HBO to aim their sights at potential spinoffs. There have been rumblings about Game of Thrones spinoffs for a couple years now so the news is no surprise. Yesterday, HBO officially announced they’ve been in talks with George R. R. Martin and that they have already hired writers to begin working on scripts. Long time Game of Thrones producers Dan Weiss and David Benioff are not expected to be actively involved with any potential spinoff series.
Fans have discussed possible spinoff storylines for quite some time now so let’s take a quick run through and look at what could be coming.
This has been the go-to guess for many and it’s probably the most likely option. Robert’s Rebellion is the prequel to Game of Thrones and is the war that is referenced a zillion times in the series. Major events referenced repeatedly in Game of Thrones like the Tourney at Harrenhal, the “kidnapping” of Lyanna Stark, the Battle of the Trident and the Sack of King’s Landing were all significant points in Robert’s Rebellion. While we ultimately know the outcome of the war, it would still be cool to go back and see all of these characters in their hay day. And because there’s a time skip between the rebellion and Game of Thrones, all of the characters can be recast without it being too jarring (just please bring Charles Dance back as Tywin). Better Call Saul is really nailing the prequel spinoff for Breaking Bad so it can absolutely work if it’s done right.
Dance of the Dragons
My personal favorite, the Dance of the Dragons was a civil war between the Targaryens over the proper line of succession. And if you’re following along here, the name is literal. The Targaryen civil war featured dragon on dragon action. Screw Daenerys torching some ships; how about two Targaryens going toe to toe, in the sky, on dragonback? The potential here really comes down to how many resources HBO is willing to sink into spinoff series. A conflict heavily featuring dragons is going to cost a lot of money and we’ve already seen this come into play in Game of Thrones when Ghost went MIA for most of season six. If HBO is willing to really commit to it, the Dance of the Dragons would be badass as hell to watch.
How did the whole story begin? How did the Targaryens come into power in Westeros? How did all the kingdoms come together under one king? Well, Aegon Targaryen flew in with his sisters on their dragons and torched the place. That’s how. There’s a lot of good stuff in Aegon’s Conquest, which would make for some great visuals; particularly the burning of Harrenhal. But again, this depends on HBO’s resources. Anything that features early Targaryens is going to have a healthy dosing of full grown dragons and it’s going to be pricey but that’s what I want. Big dragons and Targaryens that aren’t as annoying as Daenerys.
Dunk and Egg
Dunk and Egg is an ongoing series of novellas featuring Ser Duncan the Tall and his squire Aegon V (Egg). Dunk and Egg is set 89 years before Game of Thrones starts and includes several mini stories about the adventures of Dunk and Egg. I haven’t gotten around to reading these yet personally so I don’t know the particulars, but I do know that they are highly desired as a potential spinoff storyline.
If I were a betting man, I’d say these are the four most likely possibilities for Game of Thrones spinoffs. Each offers more of what we’ve all come to love about Game of Thrones and more of that is never a bad thing. George R. R. Martin’s The World of Ice & Fire is a world history book that includes pretty much everything there is to know about the A Song of Ice and Fire universe and features a ton of possibilities for potential spinoff series; so there’s a lot out there to choose from. It’s still early and I can’t imagine we’ll hear more about this until we get closer to the final season of Game of Thrones, so we’ll have to wait and see where things go.