While many are still trying to emotionally process the Game of Thrones series finale, for various reasons, one thing is very clear; this isn't the last we've seen of the franchise. HBO is currently developing three different spin-off shows. At the present time, they haven't yet revealed, nor decided, which of those shows will actually make it to air, but we know for sure that none of them are going to be sequels to the series that just wrapped up.
Warning: spoilers ahead for the Game of Thrones series finale. HBO Programming President Casey Bloys recently did an interview following the finale, in part, to discuss the future adaptations of author George R.R. Martin's novels that will make their way to the network. Some have speculated that this could involve Maisie Williams' Arya Stark, given that she headed off to explore the world beyond Westeros in the finale. However, when asked if any of the shows in development, or any shows that may ever come, will explore what happened after the finale, Bloys had this to say.
"Nope, nope, nope. No. Part of it is, I do want this show, this Game of Thrones, Dan and David's show, to be its own thing. I don't want to take characters from this world that they did beautifully and put them off into another world with someone else creating it. I want to let it be the artistic piece they've got. That's one of the reasons why I'm not trying to do the same show over. George has a massive, massive world; there are so many ways in. That's why we're trying to do things that feel distinct, and to not try and redo the same show. That's probably one of the reasons why, right now, a sequel or picking up any of the other characters doesn't make sense for us."
So that would seem to be that. Like it or not, what David Benioff and D.B. Weiss did with the final season was their plan and that's how HBO is going to leave it. To say the least, season 8 has proved to be divisive. It's possible that exploring a character like Arya Stark further, beyond the finale, could have helped to ease the sting for those unsatisfied customers. Those hopes have been extinguished thoroughly.
The good news is that HBO is getting ready to shoot the pilot for the first GoT spin-off, which will be set thousands of years before the first series and led by Naomi Watts, in June. As for the fate of the other two shows they have in development? What if they're all good? Casey Bloys isn't ruling out the possibility of doing three more shows in the world of Westeros.
"(Laughs) All theoretical and all high-class problems! Who knows?! I'm not ruling it in, and I'm not ruling it out! I'm trying my best not to give you definitive answers to fuel speculation."
HBO hasn't yet picked up the first Game of Thrones prequel to series. Once the pilot is shot, the network will make a decision, but Casey Bloys seems confident. Should things move forward on schedule, it's likely we'll see that show debut sometime in 2020. This news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.