Casey Bloys, HBO president of programming, has revealed some new information about the future Game of Thrones prequels in the works. With HBO's mega-hit fantasy/drama series getting closer to its season eight endgame expended to air in either 2018 or 2019, four prequels (with a possible fifth) have been announced, with writers Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island), Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass), Brian Helgeland (Legend) and Carly Wray (The Leftovers) attached to the projects.
While a lot of information is still up in the air about these projects, we know that they will not focus on either George R.R. Martin's Dunk and Egg novella series, which tells the adventures of Ser Duncan the Tall and his squire Egg (King Aegon V Targaryen of Westeros) or Robert’s Rebellion. We also know that Game of Thrones will be getting a proper send-off and the prequels will not be riding off the back of the final season - and that Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will, as of now, not be involved.
In a new interview with THR, Bloys breaks down everything regarding the prequels, what would happen if all four of the prequels turn out to be successful and adapted, whether or not the prequels would be interconnected and more. Interestingly enough, one of the more surprising revelations from Bloys was his statement on the fifth prequel Martin confirmed saying, "I have a deal for four spinoffs right now with four writers."
Bloys also discussed the odds of whether or not all of the prequels would make their way into the small screen. While it would be wonderful to have an infinite amount of Game of Thrones in our lives - Bloys stated the odds are unlikely that all the prequels will be made due to the high level of standards Thrones has set. Here is what he said:
"You know the odds in development. I think that is probably unlikely. I was at Touchstone during Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. They had a hit show and they aired four in a week. This show is very special. I'm not looking to have as many as possible. My sense right now is we would be very lucky if one of the four rises to the level that we have set. Now, theoretically, what if they're all great? That's a high-class problem that I'll solve when it comes to that. But knowing what we know about the development process, that's why we wanted to increase our odds. But I do not see a scenario where we have more than one. But again, high-class problem."
Bloys also talked about whether or not Game of Thrones would develop its own "property" like AMC's The Walking Dead and its spin-off Fear the Walking Dead and whether or not the prequels would interconnect with each other, should more than one be made. Here is what he said:
"The whole world is connected to some extent family tree-wise, and the timelines are so vast that unless you jumped ahead tens or hundreds of years, I don't see [the prequels connecting] happening. The other point I want to make about clamping down spin-off fever is if none of them work, remember, we are building up our drama slate: We have Westworld, which is our highest-rated freshman drama in history; Watchmen, which we're very hopeful that Damon Lindelof is excited about working on that; we've got Lovecraft Country; Alan Ball's show; we've got David Simon's new show. So it would be nice to have a Game of Thrones property, but the fate of the network does not hang in the balance."
With a world as vast as the one in A Song of Ice and Fire, it will be interesting to see which route the prequels take and how loyal they will be to Martin's The World of Ice & Fire, which tells the untold history of Westeros and Game of Thrones. Either way, if one prequel is made or all four are made, they will likely be big hits for HBO considering the popularity of Game of Thrones.
Game of Thrones season 7 premieres on HBO July 16 at 9:00 p.m. EST.