Game Of Thrones was one of the biggest cultural events ever. It superseded “tv show” and became a pop culture staple. It will be remembered with shows like M*A*S*H*, Seinfeld, LOST, and The Sopranos. In this era of shared universes and franchises, HBO was not getting out of the Thrones business any time soon. They have a prequel unofficially called The Long Night, starring Naomi Watts that has a pilot filmed already. But the next one up could focus on the Targaryen family.
Deadline reports that a prequel spinoff based off of the companion book Fire & Blood is in the works. The show will focus on the ancestors of Emilia Clarke’s character Daenerys Targaryen.
Colony co-creator Ryan Condal is expected to develop the show along with George R.R. Martin, who wrote the original novels. HBO originally announced that five spinoff series were in the works, and it seems that we now know two of them.
Regardless of the reaction of the final season, there is no denying the popularity and love of the Thrones franchise. HBO will flesh out that world as much as possible. Usually, announcing five spinoffs feels like a shameless cash grab. But the high quality stories that HBO demands, and the vast, dense world that Martin has created means that these will have merit.
No word on when this will begin to be developed further, but it feels like it could run concurrently with whatever The Long Night ends up being officially called. While the time periods make it unlikely that there will be a crossover, (The Long Night is thousands of years in the past, with the Targaryen show said to be only 300 years before the events of Game Of Thrones) there could still be some connective tissue. Events that happen in one could have ramifications that trickle down into the other.
HBO is giving people who cancelled their subscriptions after the finale a reason to subscribe again.