When you play the game of spinoffs, you get picked up or you don’t.
In a story about J.J. Abrams‘ HBO series Demimonde finding three showrunners, Variety mentions two of the creatives, Rand Ravich and Far Shariat, have been developing a Game of Thrones spinoff that is “still in contention.”
The news is somewhat surprising as it seems one spinoff series, House of the Dragon, won the informal contest HBO staged with five different ideas for another series in the World of Ice and Fire. In 2017, HBO president of programming Casey Bloys gave the go ahead to develop as many as five ideas and pick a successor program based on the script. At first, a concept from Kick-Ass‘s Jane Goldman and A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin regarding the first Long Night appeared to win by getting a pilot order. But upon completing that pilot, HBO shifted instead to Dragon, a series about the Targaryen rulers of Westeros. The program was devised by Martin and Colony‘s Ryan Condal with “Battle of the Bastards” director Miguel Sapochnik set to direct the pilot and serve alongside Condal as showrunner.
Out of the original five concepts, which included pitches from Kong: Skull Island‘s Max Borenstein, Legend‘s Brian Helgeland and The Leftovers‘ Carly Wray, two were abandoned sometime after Goldman’s pilot was ordered. The fifth was always something more of a rumor as the creatives involved were never revealed. It is possible that fifth pitch was House of the Dragon, but it is also possible Ravich and Shariat’s submitted their proposal at that time.
As it happens, Bloys always expressed an interest in airing more than one GoT spinoff in the individual ideas warranted it. But considering the way people perceive Game of Thrones at this point, is it asking too much of the remaining audience to watch two series?
House of the Dragon is set for a 2022 debut on HBO and, presumably, HBO Max.