‘Thrones’ com­ing to end but, wait, there might be more

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LAST night the first episode of the sev­enth sea­son of

pre­miered on HBO as de­voted fans glee­fully em­braced the re­turn of favourite char­ac­ters, grue­some vi­o­lence and the se­ries’ sig­na­ture spi­der web of po­lit­i­cal intrigue. The houses of Wes­t­eros are still go­ing at it — at least for now, any­way.

Next sum­mer will be the fi­nal sea­son. And then it will end. For­ever.

is HBO’s flag­ship show and most-watched fran­chise.

But, with the end in sight, it’s an open ques­tion whether HBO can gin up a com­pa­ra­ble re­place­ment for a brand that gar­nered 8.9 mil­lion view­ers for last sea­son’s fi­nale.

HBO has a plan — and the plan is more . The net­work has teamed up with four writ­ers to de­velop four po­ten­tial heirs to the moth­er­ship, telling new tales within the world cre­ated by George RR Martin.

HBO pres­i­dent of pro­gram­ming Casey Bloys said in an in­ter­view with the Hol­ly­wood Reporter last week he hoped to get at least one spin-off out of the ef­fort. They will be pre­quels with new char­ac­ters, rather than reusing ex­ist­ing ones from the cur­rent show.

“It would be in­sane — with a uni­verse such as George has cre­ated that is so vast and has so many char­ac­ters and so many time­lines — to not, at least, en­ter­tain the idea, which is what we’re do­ing,” Bloys told the Reporter. A spokesman for HBO de­clined to com­ment fur­ther on plans for —

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