While appearing at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour on Wednesday, HBO programming president Casey Bloys reiterated the premium channel’s plans for the Game of Thrones successor show.
According to Indiewire, Bloys declared the series will debut “at least a year” after the GoT finale. “We don’t want anything to distract from that,” he added. Bloys also echoed earlier comments about the status of the four successor show ideas currently in development. “I haven’t even seen an outline of any of the spinoffs yet,” Bloys told the assembled journalists. “First I have to see the outlines and scripts and see if any of them are even worth planning out. Once we see if we have something to work with, then I’ll worry about when we shoot it and get it on the air.”
As reported in May, Kong: Skull Island‘s Max Borenstein, Jane Goldman of Kick-Ass fame, Legend‘s Brian Helgeland and The Leftovers‘ Carly Wray are all developing four separate show ideas. At the TCA session, Bloys confirmed A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin will co-write pilot scripts for the projects spearheaded by Goldman and Wray. He added that all four of the concepts “already exist in his timeline.”
With thousands of years of history and so many tumultuous events hinted at in the Ice and Fire novels, the projects could vary wildly from The Dance of Dragons to the Century of Blood. The lesser-known territories of Asshai or Sothoryos could also play home to a new series. One thing does seem clear: the show will not take place after the end of Game of Thrones. According to Martin, none of the concepts will follow any of the established characters in the current series. Which could indicate an icy and apocalyptic end for Game of Thrones as a much as an impulse to tell a story disconnected from the Song of Ice and Fire.
In the meantime, Game of Thrones seventh season continues apace every Sunday on HBO.