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Game of Thrones has, over time, become a behemoth in the entertainment industry. Undoubtedly, it is the biggest television show currently airing. Moreover, it is beloved by fans and critics and anticipation for Season 8 is high. However, that is set to air in 2019. We will have to wait a while before seeing the final season of Game of Thrones. Yet, we know that several spinoffs of Game of Thrones are in active development. Details about those spinoffs have been sparse, especially when it comes to a release date.
2020 At The Earliest
Once again, it looks like we will have to wait a while before seeing these Game of Thrones spinoffs. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter at the Television Critics Association, Casey Bloys, HBO’s programming president, revealed that the release date for a spinoff will be after Season 8 of Game of Thrones has finished. This effectively means a release date of 2020 at the earliest for any potential spinoff. Here is what Casey Bloys had to say on the matter:
“There are five of them. If we do a pilot and series, nothing is going to air on HBO until at least a year after the final season. We’re not doing a final season and then, ‘Following it at 11 p.m. … .’ I’ve seen some exciting material. We have really great writers working on these; it’s very exciting. But there’s no timetable. Not everybody is on the same schedule, so I’ve seen different versions of different things that are potentially exciting. But there’s no timetable about when a decision would be made about any of them”.
A Smart Decision
This makes complete sense to me. The priority for HBO at this moment should be Season 8 of Game of Thrones. They do not want any distractions when it comes to the final season of their biggest property. Moreover, having a spinoff possibly come out one year after Game of Thrones ends means that people will have a reason to come back to HBO. From every angle, the decision to release any spinoff after the main series ends is the right thing to do. We will likely hear more news about these Game of Thrones spinoffs as the year progresses.
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