Warning: This article contains MAJOR SPOILERS for Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones will never have a direct sequel or spinoff, HBO programming president Casey Bloys says. The fantastical series wrapped up over the weekend, and while conversations about how creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss finished the story continue, some fans are already looking forward to what lies ahead for the lore. But as it turns out, whatever new content that will arrive will not be set after the events of the series finale.
On the heels of Game of Thrones ending, HBO is pursuing spinoff options to capitalize on the massive popularity of the mythos. At this point, The Long Night is the one that's making the fastest progress with a pilot ordered based on writer Jane Goldman's pitch and the script co-written with creator George R.R. Martin. The narrative will be set thousands of years before the events of the show. Filming is slated to begin early summer 2019, with Naomi Watts and Josh Whitehouse cast as its leads. Aside from this, there are three more other offshoots in active development after one was reportedly scrapped recently. Not much is known regarding their plot specifics, but fans can be sure that none of them will take place directly after the main show.
Speaking with THR to talk about Game of Thrones' end and what lies ahead for the show in the cable channel, Bloys was asked if there are any plans for a sequel, especially given where the series leaves Arya (Maisie Williams). Sadly, despite the viable set-up, the executive said to not expect anything from it other than the final fates of the characters in the show.
Nope, nope, nope. No. Part of it is, I do want this show — this Game of Thrones, Dan and David's show — to be its own thing. I don't want to take characters from this world that they did beautifully and put them off into another world with someone else creating it. I want to let it be the artistic piece they've got. That's one of the reasons why I'm not trying to do the same show over. George has a massive, massive world; there are so many ways in. That's why we're trying to do things that feel distinct — and to not try and redo the same show. That's probably one of the reasons why, right now, a sequel or picking up any of the other characters doesn't make sense for us.
The final episode of the series titled "The Iron Throne" resolved the show's biggest mystery: who will sit in the Iron Throne. After she took over King's Landing from Cersei (Lena Headey) using brute force, Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) only came close to becoming the ruler of Westeros after she's killed by Jon Snow (Kit Harrington). Tyrion and the rest of the powers of the country convened and crowned Bran the Broken (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) as king. Meanwhile, the rest of the main characters dispersed: Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) and the Unsullied sailed south to Naath, Jon was sent back to the Wall; Arya sailed west to know what's there; while Sansa was crowned Queen in the North, like she always wanted.
It's a bummer not to see what fan-favourite Arya will be up to after surviving the Westeros especially considering the skills she's acquired in the last eight seasons and how she can fully use that in other ways than just purely for survival and revenge. But if HBO changes its mind and decides to explore the future of these beloved characters after the events of Game of Thrones, they have a narrative opening with her that will make it easy for them to tap into. As of now, fans can only hope that it will somehow come to fruition.