If you’re a die-hard Game of Thrones fan, then you know that there have been rumblings over at HBO for some time about spinoffs getting the greenlight. It’s big news for fans, especially because it means that they would get to not only stay inside of the world they’ve come to love, but they’d be able to meet new characters and experience new storylines.
Now (and perhaps annoyingly), the official word has come from HBO’s head of programming, Casey Bloys, that those Game of Thrones spinoffs won’t happen for a long time; essentially, we’re talking at least a year or two before they go into production. Humbug!
Here’s the official word from Bloys, courtesy of Entertainment Tonight: “The No. 1 priority in all of this is the final season of Game of Thrones. I don’t want to do anything with the spinoff or anything that detracts or distracts from that. That season will happen. And my guess is it’ll be at least a year before you [see] anything else. What I don’t want is that the attention to be drawn off the final season, which I think is going to be epic and amazing and have the distraction of a new Game of Thrones airing right after it. I think it’s best to separate it.”
While it’s totally annoying that fans will have to wait literal months upon months to actually see even more Game of Thrones, it should be reassuring that HBO and the creative team behind Game of Thrones want to focus on delivering a high-quality final season to viewers. In fact, it’s even more interesting that Bloys appears to be implying that Season 8 — the final season — is going to be so great that fans might actually need all that time to recover. I don’t know about you, but that’s kind of an amazing trade-off, indicative of the kind of epic storyline wrap-ups we can expect.
So, as the old saying goes, “Good things come to those who wait.” And while we’re waiting, it sounds like we’re going to be entertained to no end as Game of Thrones comes to a close.