As Game Of Thrones is heading into the final chapters of its seven-season run on HBO, the premium cable network has revealed some information about its succession plan, signing deals with four writers to join George R.R. Martin in the development and writing of four GOT offshoot series.
The network would not specify whether the series would be prequels, sequels, spinoffs or companion series to GOT (or all of the above), only noting that each project would “explore different time periods of George R. R. Martin’s vast and rich universe” in his epic A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy book series.
The four takes are being written by Max Borenstein; Jane Goldman and Martin; Brian Helgeland; and Carly Wray and Martin. Of the four (obviously not counting Martin’s involvement in two of them), none have any current ties to the HBO fantasy drama. Game of Thrones showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff are not currently attached to write on any of the four. The duo, however, will serve as executive producers on any of the four takes that move forward. Martin will serve in the same capacity as well. Weiss and Benioff are finishing up the seventh season of Thrones — bowing July 16 —and are in the midst of writing the and preparing for the eighth and final season of the fantasy drama series. Both will continue to be kept in the loop in all things Thrones.
For now, the four projects are in the development stage. There is no timetable for any of the four potential projects as HBO wants to get the follow-up to Thrones — its highest-rated and most valuable franchise in its history — right. The cabler will evaluate what they have when all the scripts are in and then make decisions.