Game Of Thrones is one of the biggest franchises to have solidified its place in pop culture. While there are people who want more, there is news that it may not be around much longer. A lot of new shows go on air every few months, but there is only a handful that manages to become successful. Game Of Thrones was one of them.
There were a lot of things that happened in the HBO series that took the world by storm. It has already received international acclaim, with one more season coming soon. However, there are reports that the end of the franchise is drawing near.
A Prequel In The Works?
The good news is, there are speculations that a prequel is up for discussion. Initially, there were rumors of a spin-off series after the impeding end of the franchise made headlines. However, it seems more likely to start with a fresh slate than use characters who have already appeared in the show.
There will be less pressure from fans of the books and more creative freedom as well. Apart from this, the actors who have dedicated a good number of years to the franchise can explore new projects beyond Game Of Thrones. Although there may be a possibility seasoned characters may make cameos in the prequel.
The End Of A Franchise
Last year, Entertainment Weekly reported on the news. The franchise’s showrunners, Dan Weiss and David Benioff, shared that they’d like to end the show on season eight. While many shrugged it off as a rumor, HBO’s programming president Casey Bloys confirmed that it was the current plan.
Bloys explained that the showrunners have a specific plan on how many seasons will be released. Cinema Blend reported that they wanted to do the story without adding extra padding or extra hours. Instead, they wanted to get straight to the point and end the game in Westeros.
Before fans go into panic mode with the initial news of six episodes in season 8, Bloys noted that such has not been confirmed yet. This is because the showrunners are still figuring out how the end would play out. Considering that there are still a lot of questions unanswered, the writers have a lot of loose ends to tie up.
Season 7 of Game of Thrones is expected to air in Q3 of 2017 due to filming problems. Production is currently finishing the shoot in Iceland. It is likely that post-production will be taking place in the first half of 2017.