Winter is coming, and fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones can expect to see a lot more of it.
The premium cable channel confirmed Thursday, May 4, that it has closed deals with four writers – Max Borenstein (Godzilla, King Kong: Skull Island), Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Brian Helgeland (LA: Confidential, Robin Hood), and Carly Wray (Mad Men, The Leftovers) – to explore various time periods of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice. Goldman and Wray will each be working with creator George R.R. Martin. A spokesperson for HBO stated that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will serve as executive producers on all projects.
There is no timetable or expected release dates for these projects, HBO allowing the writers to take their time to develop and write the scripts, but talk of a Game of Thrones prequel has been speculated for years, and HBO executives recently acknowledged that they were searching for writers to develop ideas for a possible spinoff. “We’ve talked about it. It’s something I’m not opposed to. But, of course, it has to make sense creatively,” HBO programming president Casey Bloys said at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. “I am not sure that the guys [Weiss and Benioff] can really wrap their heads around it when they’re just about to start production. It’s a pretty intense production. They’re about to start production soon, but I’m open to it. The guys weren’t opposed to it, but there is no concrete plans, or anything like that at this point.”
Season 7 of Game of Thrones, which will consist of seven episodes, is set to premiere on Sunday, July 16 at 9 p.m, and actor Kit Harringotn promises that “what it lacks in quantity it will more than make up for in quality.” The eighth and final season of the hit show is slated to debut in Summer 2018.