OK, some time has passed. Are you done with your “Game of Thrones” withdrawal or do you still get antsy at 9 p.m. Sunday nights?
Are you binging the show from the beginning because you just can’t let Westeros go?
If so, we wish we’d thought of developing a “GOT” rehab – cha-ching!
Is there any hope of “Game of Thrones” spin-offs to satisfy your thirst for castle living, swordplay and familial backstabbing?
Bovada, one of SBR’s top-rated sportsbooks, is asking the same question. It is offering bets on how quickly it the series will debut to the possibility of the Night King making an appearance.
It is obvious to many, including the latecomers to the series, that the finale set up several possible sequels.
- Arya Stark in a ship heading west. What will she find? What will she do? Will Gendry follow?
- Sansa ruling the North – ‘nough said.
- The further adventures of Jon Snow and Ghost? You’d watch that, right?
HBO already has dashed fans hopes and wishes when it comes to sequels. Casey Bloys, the cable network’s programming chief, practically took a sword to the Arya spin-off in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
“Nope, nope, nope. No. Part of it is, I do want this show — this ‘Game of Thrones,’ Dan and David’s show — to be its own thing. I don’t want to take characters from this world that they did beautifully and put them off into another world with someone else creating it,” he said.
“That’s one of the reasons why I’m not trying to do the same show over. George has a massive, massive world; there are so many ways in. That’s why we’re trying to do things that feel distinct — and to not try and redo the same show. That’s probably one of the reasons why, right now, a sequel or picking up any of the other characters doesn’t make sense for us.”
And frankly, the cast likely wants a break as well. “Game of Thrones” is hardly single-camera sitcom with the kitchen set. Every episode is a hefty movie with so many moving parts from writers and extras, and wardrobe to CGI that the fact HBO produced eight years of consistent quality – whether you liked the ending or not – was miraculous. Be happy with that, for now.
HBO is throwing fans a big ole’ bone with a prequel already to begin shooting this month (June) with a reported two others in the pipeline. The books of George R.R. Martin and the many lands he’s created provide lots of fodder for spin-offs.
The HBO production got a working name recently – “Bloodmoon.”
Per usual, just the name has sparked speculation among fans but one shouldn’t read too much into a title.
What we know from the HBO website is that the prequel will take place thousands of years before the events in “GOT.” It will “chronicle the world’s descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hours including the true origin of the White Walkers to the mysteries of the East to the legend of the Starks.”
Though it appears there will be none of the beloved “Game of Thrones” characters in the prequel, one website is fanning flames of a possible cameo.
Digital Spy is making a case for Melisandre to make an appearance.
Viewers don’t really know how old she was and the fabulous ruby choker she wore kept her young and beautiful. But for how long? She seriously dropped like a stone after removing the necklace after the Battle of Winterfell so we figure she was VERY old.
She is the one character who could time machine her way to the prequel because as far as we know she’s was around when the Prince That Was Promised prophecy was born.
That could fit the timeline of the new series and possibly provide a possible link to the series just past, providing comfort, albeit minor, comfort to fans.
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