HBO Is Working on Game of Thrones Prequels, But Robert's Rebellion Probably Isn't One of Them

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The end of Game of Thrones is in sight, with just 13 episodes remaining in the groundbreaking fantasy series. So, it wasn’t much of a surprise when HBO announced it was looking at four (or five) possible spin-offs, which are all prequels to the original show. However, anyone eager for Robert’s Rebellion is probably going to be disappointed.


HBO president of programming Casey Bloys recently chatted with The Hollywood Reporter about the spin-offs, which are currently in super-early development. He confirmed that HBO is currently working on four scripts (even though George R.R. Martin has said there are five in the works), and all of them take place prior to the events of Game of Thrones.

“It’s not Laverne & Shirley from Happy Days; they are prequels,” Bloys said.

Unfortunately, anyone eager to see Robert’s Rebellion or the history of the Night’s King shouldn’t hold their breath. Bloys said the shows they’re working on won’t have “existing characters going off the flagship,” meaning we won’t be getting stories centered around key Game of Thrones characters or plot lines. This probably means Robert’s Rebellion, which has been shown on the series, is likely off the table. Does this mean we’ll never see any of them on these shows, including in cameos? It’s unclear at this point. We’re checking with HBO for clarification, and we’ll let you know when we hear more.

Bloys doesn’t know how long it would take to develop the next series in the A Song of Ice and Fire universe, or even if one will happen at all, but he did promise we won’t see any new shows before Game of Thrones is over: “The only thing that will be Game of Thrones-related on the air will be season seven and season eight, and then it will be a good long while if and before anything [new] gets on the air.”

We’ve got awhile to wait before the final season of Game of Thrones actually airs, so that means we’ve got several years before any of this comes to fruition... if it ever does. At least we’ve still got Game of Thrones season seven, which returns this Sunday.

[The Hollywood Reporter]

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I’m probably not the majority here, but I would have had very little interest in a series based on Robert’s Rebellion. It’s already been covered a lot over the course of Game of Thrones, and I feel like it is so deeply linked to the GoT plot (the Rebellion is basically the event that triggers everything that follows), that I feel like it wouldn’t be able to stand on its own as a series, and would leave a Star Wars-prequel aftertaste of “did we really have to spend 3 movies on why/how Anakin turned bad?”

I’d much rather have a series in the same universe, but with its own characters and plot, and more subtle references to GoT here and there.