HBO chief teases 'familiar bloodlines' in Game of Thrones prequel spinoffs

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HBO now has five Game of Thrones prequel spinoffs in development, and while none of the series will feature current characters from the central Game of Thrones show, there may be something else that will keep fans excited. After HBO confirmed that Season 8 won't premiere until 2019, network president Casey Bloys insists that this was a calculated decision - not just a way to draw out the pain of waiting for and losing this show. We don't want to use it to launch [a new series]. After all, Game of Thrones has been a massive success for HBO. "We want the final season of Game of Thrones, being the special event that it is, [to stand on its own]", he explained. The final season of the hit medieval series starring Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke indeed is expected to feature a lot of battle scenes, including a dragon-on-dragon battle between Drogon and his undead brother Viserion in the Great War to Come. The one thing I will tell you, which we talked about before, any sort of pilot-to-series [order], there's not going to be anything on our air for a least a year after Game of Thrones airs. Even in its seventh season, new episodes of the show managed to continually attract more viewers than their predecessors, even when they were leaked ahead of time.

As for how many GOT prequel series HBO may go with, "anywhere form zero to five but probably more likely around one", Bloys said.

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He also gave an update on the five Game of Thrones prequels which are now being worked on at HBO. Not everybody is on the same schedule, so I've seen different versions of different things that are potentially exciting. "That would diminish the achievement of how big and meaningful the show is". "We have some really talented writers working on them". I don't want to cheapen it with a spinoff airing right after it.