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As we all know, HBO is currently looking at multiple possibilities to develop a Game of Thrones prequel but that doesn’t necessarily mean that we will be getting multiple spinoffs. HBO president Casey Bloys tells THR that idea of developing 4-5 prequels is to get at least one series that lives up to the standard set by Game of Thrones:

“This franchise is really rich and very exciting…So the idea was, if we’re going to try it, let’s take a couple of shots and see. My hope is at least one lives up to the level of quality Benioff and Weiss have set. But again, it’s also very early in the process. I haven’t even seen an outline for them. The priority here is obviously season seven and then season eight…We mentioned the spin-offs because obviously there’s a lot of interest in them, but it’s a very embryonic process, and you know how development goes — it can be a long process. We confirmed their existence because there was a lot of interest, but it’s not something that we are fast-tracking to get done to air immediately after the final season. I’m guessing fans will need some time to decompress from how amazing the final season is.”

Bloys also says that he is presently unsure about airdate for season 8 but there is a possibility that it could be pushed to 2019:

“They don’t even know; they are still putting the season together. And as you can imagine, it’s a very complicated show to produce, so it’s not like putting together a production schedule for a sitcom that shoots on the stage. It shoots all over the world and takes a long time to figure out where, when and how to shoot. So they’re in the process of doing that, and they’ll let us know.”

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