The world of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones may live on on HBO, but details are still up in the air at the network.
HBO president of programming Casey Bloys tells EW that discussions with Martin on a potential prequel are still in the early stages. Given the vast amount of material Martin has produced, HBO hasn’t yet nailed down a specific time frame for a new Game of Thrones series.
“I would say it’s still kind of preliminary ongoing talks,” Bloys says. “There are areas we are exploring, but I wouldn’t point to any one and say, ‘This is what we’re going to do.'”
A potential Game of Thrones prequel series could take place in a variety of time periods and locales. Fan interest is already piqued in the events of Robert’s Rebellion, which precipitated the drama of Game of Thrones, and includes several prominent players from the series. George R.R. Martin‘s “Dunk & Egg stories,” set 70-odd years before those events, are another popular choice.
It’s also possible that HBO and Martin will collaborate on the dense material sketched out in “The Princess and the Queen,” or other tales of early Targaryen rulers. And of course, Westeros itself is only one of the many storied continents in which a new series could be set. Martin has suggested rich worldbuilding in Essos and beyond, which could provide fertile ground for a separate story.
George R.R. Martin has expressed his enthusiasm for a Game of Thrones prequel series. “There’s a wealth of material there,” he has said, “And I’m still writing more.”
However, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are bowing out of the vast and violent world concludes with its eighth season. “It’s a very rich world. I’m sure there will be other series set in Westeros,” Benioff has said. “But for us, this is it.”