Should HBO do multiple Game of Thrones spin-offs?

Game of Thrones spin-offsIs there a venue in which to do multiple Game of Thrones spin-offs over at HBO as opposed to just one? We do think that there is a case to be made for it, and it’s one that is both very simple in addition to being very compelling. All of it really just starts with this simple fact: There’s no such thing as “less is more” with a franchise that is already the network’s most successful ever.

Earlier this week, A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin confirmed that even with HBO ordering a pilot for a potential spin-off series written by Jane Goldman, there are other spin-offs still in contention. It’s possible that another one or two could enter the pilot phase. There are a few different things in which this could mean — it may just be HBO wanting to get some footage on tape before they determine which spin-off they want to go with, or it could be them figuring out that there is value in more than one idea … albeit at the same time.

If we were working at HBO, what we would suggest doing is one of two things when it comes to these spin-offs.

1. Do very limited runs – Maybe you have two different spin-offs and each is predestined to be a one or two-season commitment. The moment one ends, the next begins. You follow a clearer story path and you entice viewers may saying that there is a defined end and the story isn’t going on forever. There is an interesting appeal that goes along with this to us.

2. Alternating schedules – The one disadvantage with the other idea is that you leave one spin-off on the shelf for a while as the other goes off and airs. There is something to be said for ordering two spin-offs and just have each one alternate years on the schedule. Spin-off 1 premieres in 2020, whereas spin-off 2 airs in 2021. One airs in even years while the other airs in odd years. It gives the showrunners time to make the best show possible while also ensures that viewers get Game of Thrones related programming every year, something that isn’t even happening at this point.

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