We all feared the worst when it was announced that the eighth series of Game Of Thrones would be the end.
We’d be forever forced into watching repeats, or waiting for Dave to one day snap it up.
To be fair, for now, we’re OK. Series seven has yet to be aired.
There are plenty of questions about the seventh season, and hopefully we’ll start to get some answers on June 25 – the official launch date for the new series.
It probably means that it will only be a couple of years until series eight runs and then it’s all over. Or is it?
HBO has announced that it’s on a quest to replace the most popular show in the company’s history, and has now taken the unusual step of developing four different ideas from four different writers.
The move represents a potentially massive expansion of the popular fantasy universe created by author G.R.R Martin.
It would be the first time in the channel’s history that it’s made a spin-off series of one of its major hits.
The fresh ideas come from: Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island), Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Brian Helgeland (A Knight’s Tale), and Carly Wray (Mad Men).
HBO, without revealing too many details about the ideas, said the shows will ‘explore different time periods of George R.R. Martin’s vast and rich universe’.
GOT co-creators, David Benioff and Dan Weiss, have previously said that they do not plan to be in any follow-up projects, but it’s also been announced that they will be attached to the new shows as executive producers.
HBO said in a statement: “Weiss and Benioff continue to work on finishing up the seventh season and are already in the midst of writing and preparing for the eighth and final season.
“We have kept them up to date on our plans and they will be attached, along with George R.R. Martin, as executive producers on all producers.”
HBO also said that it will support them as they take a break once the final season is complete.
The American channel receives its revenues through subscriptions for such shows as Game Of Thrones – and there’s an average of 23.3m of those in the States alone.
HBO has said that there is no set timetable for the projects and ‘will take as much as little time as the writers need’.
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