At least one Game of Thrones spinoff will be familiar to fans. Game of Thrones is on the home stretch. With only two episodes left of the current season, and the final season having a grand total of six episodes, there is very little time left to conclude the sprawling epic story of knights, royalty, and dragons. Only eight episodes remain to tell the audience who will rule over the seven kingdoms of Westeros, whether the White Walkers will be stopped or not, and who of the remaining characters will survive until the end. But while the series will end in eight episodes, the story will not.
Four Game of Thrones spinoff series are currently being developed for HBO. While it is not likely that all four will air, there is a lot of interest at the network in giving the fans something new when the series ends. No matter which spinoff series HBO chooses, it is still very early in the development process, and fans will have to wait, probably for a few years at best, meaning that it is far too soon to reveal what each series is meant to be about.
But it is not too soon to start dropping an occasional hint. At least not for Jane Goldman, who is creating one of the spinoffs along with A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin. Goldman spoke to IGN about the series she is creating, making it clear that it will be familiar to Game of Thrones fans.
One of the few things known about the spinoff is that it is a prequel and has no existing characters. Goldman explained that even though that is true, it is a story that fans will be at least somewhat familiar with before the series even begins:
"Yeah, I think I can say if I was able to say what mine was — yeah, I think as a book reader or as someone who watched the series, you would say, “Oh, that! OK.” Yeah, it would be recognizable as a past event, but I think that’s probably as far as I can go."
Martin's books - and therefore Game of Thrones the series - have a rich and detailed history. Just recently, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen examined cave paintings which told the story of how men teamed up with the Children of the Forest to battle the White Walkers. There is also a long and bloody history of rulers, Kings and Queens who gained or lost the throne due to murder. Not to mention numerous wars and battles, alliances and betrayals, and magic of the past.
Goldman did promise that there would be supernatural elements in her spinoff, since they are key to the world that Martin created. Considering how the characters often refer to dragons as something they thought were in the past - before Daenerys hatched her three children - it's clear there used to be a lot more magic than there is now.
While there is a bit of a wait before finding out just what this spinoff is about - as well as the others - Goldman has already begun to work with Martin. Though when asked if she knows how the current season of Game of Thrones will end, she refused to even admit whether she knows or not. Fans will just have to keep watching to find out.
Game of Thrones returns next Sunday @9PM on HBO.