For anyone curious, Game of Thrones may not stop at only one spin-off series.
Speaking to reporters (per Deadline) while at HBO’s TCA Winter Press Tour event on Friday, HBO’s programming head Casey Bloys did his part to make one thing abundantly clear: There is at least a reasonable chance that there could be within the franchise beyond just the Jane Goldman-led prequel series. This is one that already has a cast, including Naomi Watts and former Poldark actor Josh Whitehouse.
Check out some of Bloys’ comments in full:
“I don’t want to build a programming line-up that is dependent on the next Game of Thrones franchise coming … That said, it’s an incredibly rich world that George has created. So, I think we’d be crazy not to take a shot, but it’s not going to be the sole focus of our programming efforts.”
For those wanting more information on the first prequel series, the pilot will film early this summer, using some of Northern Ireland (where the original films) as well as potentially some other locations. There’s no official premiere date yet and there may not be for some time still — late 2020 is a rumored possibility, but we wouldn’t write that on your calendar in permanent marker. For starters, Game of Thrones actually ended up redoing a lot of its original pilot, as many of the show’s first cast members were recast with other people. It wouldn’t be a shock if the network did something similar here.
In the end, there is one clear objective that HBO has when it comes to Game of Thrones — making sure that everything is good. One of the big points that Bloys hammered home at the TCA event today was simply this: If the new show or shows are not good, they won’t end up on the air. They are not going to mild this franchise dry, regardless of whatever the financial incentives to doing that may be (and we know that there are plenty). This is a network that did exist and was very lucrative before we even met Jon Snow or Daenerys Targeryan. We’re more than confident that it would emerge on the other side okay, as well.
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