Game of Thrones prequel: HBO boss optimistic about early prospects

Game of ThronesWhile it’s not entirely clear that the Jane Goldman – Game of Thrones prequel pilot is going to series, there are reasons for optimism! After all, HBO programming head Casey Bloys was very eager to discuss the project while at the TCA Summer Press Tour Wednesday morning.

Speaking to reporters (per TVLine), here’s just some of what Bloys had to say after looking at five separate concepts for potential spin-offs of their long-running hit franchise:

“We are doing a pilot that Jane Goldman wrote … we’d be lucky to get one that we’re very, very excited about, and we did get that. We’re just starting the search for a director [for the pilot] … we have to cast it.”

It’s still possible that other Game of Thrones concepts could be explored, but for now, the Goldman pilot is the one that is being emphasized at the network. The story here is set many years before the events of Game of Thrones (think centuries), and could end up exploring the origin of the White Walkers.

If this series does come to pass, you are going to be waiting for a very long time in order to see it. HBO doesn’t plan to release a prequel series until at least a year after the final season of Game of Thrones proper wraps. Basically, you’re going to be waiting until at least early 2020, potentially later. From our vantage point, we think that we’re probably a good two or so years away from getting to see this … but it makes sense for HBO to get moving now given that Game of Thrones is their biggest franchise ever and we don’t think that they are going to let go of anything Westeros-related in the near future. So long as it is making them as much money as it is, why would they?

Related Check out more news on some Game of Thrones tattoo!

For some more discussion about the prequel and everything we know, check out the video below! You can also subscribe to CarterMatt on YouTube for more.

Are you hopeful that the Game of Thrones prequel can be even a fraction as successful as the main series? Share in the comments!

Also, remember that you can like CarterMatt on Facebook if you do want more updates on all things related to Game of Thrones! I’s a great way to stay up to date with all of our scoop on the show and connect with other fans. (Photo: HBO.)

Love TV? Be sure to like Matt & Jess on Facebook for more updates!