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