After a mostly applauded eight-season run, HBO’s hit fantasy series Game of Thrones has at last come to an end. Luckily for HBO, the creative writings of writer George R.R. Martin supply adequate stuff for literally dozens of full-length series, yet still several spin-offs are more likely than others. To that end, here are 5 possible Game of Thrones spin-offs and 5 that will never happen.
1. HAPPENING: BLOODMOON (THE LONG NIGHT)
Of all the Game of Thrones spin-offs supposed to be in the works, Bloodmoon (working title) is perhaps the most likely to come to completion. Actually, George R.R. Martin himself recently wrote that this prequel series would begin filming “later this year,” and shortly convincing reports started to float up that in fact, shooting for Bloodmoon had begun.
Add to that numerous confirmed high-profile cast members, and it’s tough to perceive Bloodmoon not becoming a pilot, at the very least. Formerly nicknamed The Long Night, this series will reportedly be set during the time when the Others, the novels’ equivalent of White Walkers, first began to lift armies of Wights in Westeros.
2. NEVER HAPPENING: ARYA GOES WEST
Arya Stark survived the legendary precarious Game of Thrones and became the Hero of Winterfell after killing the Night King. In the finale, Arya wanted to answer a question she’s asked for a long time: what’s west of Westeros?
Sadly, while the title definitely writes itself, Arya Stark’s on-screen journey appears to have come to a close in the series finale of Game of Thrones, as HBO recently confirmed that Arya Stark won’t be getting a spin-off. HBO programming chief Casey Bloys also explained that any spin-off of Game of Thrones would spotlight on new characters not yet seen on screen.
3. POSSIBLE: AEGON’S CONQUEST
Aegon’s Conquest took place approximately 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones and has been referenced numerous times throughout the show’s run. In season 2, we hear Tywin Lannister mention Aegon’s Conquest when he speaks from within the remains of Harrenhal about the city’s burning under Aegon and his sisters’ dragons.
Much of the current day’s political structure, both physically and figuratively, was shaped during Aegon I Targaryen’s mostly-successful campaign to rule the Seven Kingdoms. There is also a lot of literary material on which to base an Aegon’s Conquest prequel, counting A World of Ice & Fire and Fire & Blood.
4. NEVER HAPPENING: ROBERT’S REBELLION
It’s not tough to piece together a rough sketch of what happened during Robert’s Rebellion using information exposed in Game of Thrones. Mainly, Robert Baratheon rebelled against Arys Targaryen’s rule, leading to several high-profile battles and the ultimate firing of King’s Landing with the aid of Tywin and the Lannister forces.
Within this overarching story, a number of influential events emerged that would form the course of politics in Westeros for the path of Game of Thrones and beyond, counting the abduction of Lyanna Stark by Rhaegar Targaryen, Jaime Lannister murdering King Arys, and the birth of Jon Snow.
Unluckily, George R.R. Martin personally dashed any optimism of seeing Robert’s Rebellion making the shift to television, reckoning that the completed A Song of Ice and Fire series will answer any remaining questions fans have about Robert’s Rebellion.
5. POSSIBLE: THE DOOM OF VALYRIA
We’ve seen the horrible effects of coming into contact with the Stone Men of Old Valyria, most significantly in the case of Ser Jorah Mormont, who hardly escaped his miserable luck with the aid of Samwell Tarly. However, this is another feature of the show that could utilize many fleshing out (no pun intended).
Valyria was once an awesomely dominant capital and stronghold of one of Westeros history’s most influential empires, and its fall after the disastrous volcanic incident well-known as the Doom seems lots of material for at least a mini-series.
6. NEVER HAPPENING: THE ADVENTURES OF HOT PIE
Hot Pie’s pure-hearted cooking quests exist only outside the territory of political clash and bloody wars, leaving open a golden chance for a cheerful comedy story set within the remorseless planet of Westeros during the Great War.
As pleasant as it might be to see Hot Pie perfecting his animal-shaped bread and pie-making expertise, George R.R. Martin singled out Hot Pie as one character unlikely to be given a spin-off. “All of you hoping for the further adventures of Hot Pie are doomed to disappointment,” Martin says.
At least we’ll always have the fact that the actor who depicted Hot Pie opened his own bakery to warm our carb-loving hearts.
7. NEVER HAPPENING: TALES OF DUNK & EGG
Dunk & Egg is a famous series of novellas based in the A Song of Ice and Fire novels that follows Aegon V Targaryen in his youth while he squired for the hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall. As exciting as the duo’s adventures would be to observe open up on TV, George R.R. Martin has ruled this out as a possibility, at least for the near future.
Maybe learning from his experience with Game of Thrones exceeding his own story in A Song of Ice and Fire, Martin had this to say about a Tales of Dunk and Egg spin-off series: “We’re not doing Dunk & Egg, as there are at least seven or eight or ten novellas I want to write before bringing the story to television.” Good news for book-readers, but not so good for fans hoping for a TV adaptation.