– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It may be sad, but the cold, hard realityis that we are approaching the final two seasons of Game of Thrones. This is a journey that began nearly 30 years ago when the first Song of Ice and Fire novel hit bookshelves. For decades, fans have been wondering how the political intrigue and Shakespearean-in-scope family drama would turn out. While the books seem to be quite a ways from being done, next year will see the end to the series, and thereby will give fans some form of resolution, even if it isn’t 100 percent in keeping with what author George R.R. Martin had in mind.

This means that the clock is ticking for HBO. Game of Thrones had served it well for many years, but they wouldn’t be able to rely on it forever. Sure, they already have a stable of solid TV shows, but what could REPLACE Game of Thrones? For some time now, there have been talks about potential spinoffs for the series. It’s a big world, after all, with plenty of characters and time periods to pull from. Martin’s world is so rich with history that it certainly begs to be explored. However, up until now, all we’ve heard were murmurs.

Variety is now reporting that HBO has closed deals with four different writers to explore potential spinoffs for Game of Thrones. The four writers in question are Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island), Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Golden Circle), Brian Helgeland (Legend), and Carly Wray (Mad Men, The Leftovers). Additionally, two of these writers — Wray and Goldman — will be working with George R.R. Martin himself in this process.

In the past, Game of Thrones showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff have expressed their desire not to be involved in future spinoffs, so that new blood could help keep the series exciting, but according to this report, both showrunners will be attached to the four projects.

Interestingly enough, all but one writer — Carly Wray — are film writers, not television writers. Given the nature of the world, I guess I would have assumed they may utilize some of the other writing talent on the show to help in creating the spinoff, but given that they’re likely still working on Game of Thrones proper, they likely had to look outside the box.

There is currently no word yet on what kind of spinoff HBO is looking at, but with their feelers out, we’re sure they’ll come up with something interesting.

Of course, one big concern with any kind of spinoff is that HBO will rush the process along in order to get something going before Game of Thrones runs its final episodes, but an HBO spokesperson bat down that concern.

“We’ll take as much or as little time as the writers need and, as with all our development, we will evaluate what we have when the scripts are in.”

What stories would you like to see told in Westeros (or the rest of this world that Martin created)? Let us know in the comments down below!

Game of Thrones returns to HBO on July 16, 2017.

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SOURCE: Variety

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.