No one could have guessed how big of a phenomenon the HBO series Game of Thrones was going to be. Okay, maybe some could have, but certainly didn't. Yes, it was based on a bestselling series of novels, and yes the storytelling in those books is nothing short of breathtaking, but given the meditative pacing and the huge cast of characters, I personally didn’t foresee this becoming anything more than a moderate success. Since its first season, Game of Thrones has become a worldwide sensation, and has firmly found its place next to big franchises like Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter in terms of its rabid fanbase and existence in the pop culture zeitgeist.
The conclusion of this show has been quite the slow build, but in 2018, it looks like we will be seeing the last of the likes of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen. While the books will still be quite a ways from completion, the show proper will be done (ignoring any potential delays or Breaking Bad-esque season divisions). But it sounds like hardcore fans may not have to worry too much. For some time, it's been speculated that we could perhaps get a prequel film or even a prequel series to the acclaimed show. The world is big enough, its history rich, and the culture well-defined.
But how realistic is an idea like this? When these rumors first sprouted up, there was virtually no evidence supporting. All in all, it seemed like little more than wishful thinking on fans’ parts. But speaking with EW, HBO programming president Casey Bloys discussed how this is a real possibility.
“I would say it’s still kind of preliminary ongoing talks,” Bloys told EW. “There are areas we are exploring, but I wouldn’t point to any one and say, ‘This is what we’re going to do.’”
So to you cynical folk out there who thought it wasn’t possible, it is; and to the even more cynical folk out there who knew it would happen, and were saddened by Hollywood’s tendency to exploit a property…you’re still right, so I have nothing to say other than there’s still a possibility of strong storytelling in the face of financial gains.
As I’ve stated before, the world author George R.R. Martin created has plenty going for it, and he’s a versatile enough writer to lend his hand to the process whenever necessary. Additionally, between HBO and the creatives involved in bringing the show to life, I have faith they’d have just as high a standard as fans when it comes to making a good show, so I can’t imagine them shoveling trash for the sake of financial gain, as it will ultimately taint the brand of the network and the property.
What do you think of this news? Obviously these are only talks, so there are no guarantees, but would you be up for a prequel series to Game of Thrones? Would you like to see Roberts Rebellion, or would you prefer to go even further back into unexplored territory?
Let us know your thoughts down below!
Game of Thrones returns to HBO Summer 2017.
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