In an interview with TVLine, HBO president Casey Bloys revealed that the upcoming prequel spinoffs for Game of Thrones that are in development (there are five total) will not include any of the show's current characters. Find out everything we know about season 8 here.
Game of Thrones has been one of the biggest shows on television from nearly the very beginning, and it has only grown more popular with the passing years. Bloys also talked about the upcoming five "Game of Thrones" prequels, which are now in development on the network. "This story, A Song of Ice and Fire, is done". He noted that the final episodes feature bigger battles, more and more elaborate special effects, and the storyline requires linear filming that take longer to complete.
The long winter is here, and by that we mean the agonizing wait between Seasons 7 and 8 of Game of Thrones. He went on saying, "These things take time". We're not doing a final season and then, "Following it at 11 p.m". As for how many prequels HBO will make, Bloys put it at "anywhere from zero to five!". We have really great writers working on these; it's very exciting. "I have seen some things that I think are potentially very exciting".
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While HBO is putting some distance between the end of Game of Thrones and the launch of a potential prequel series, a pilot for an offshoot could be filmed before that, Bloys said. But there's no timetable about when a decision would be made about any of them. But after HBO greenlit a new season set in the Ozarks last fall (and cast Mahershala Ali, Stephen Dorff, and Carmen Ejogo), there was some hope that maybe we'd get the new season in 2018.
During the panel, Bloys announced that other shows viewers can expect to premiere on the premium cable series in 2019 include the second season of Big Little Lies and the third season of True Detective.
Game of Thrones is the biggest hit of HBO with around 30 million viewers in the United States alone and billions across the globe.