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'Game Of Thrones' Season 8 Not The End For Franchise; HBO Confirms Initial Talks With George R.R. Martin For ‘GOT’ Prequel

By Mandy Adams , Nov 16, 2016 11:33 AM EST
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"Game of Thrones" season 7 is still in production and fans are hoping that the penultimate season will be as impressive as the last six installments. With the second to the last season in the works, time is ticking for HBO's most successful series. Back in September, there were rumors that the network might produce a GoT prequel after the season 8 finale. HBO's programming president, Casey Bloys, just confirmed that preliminary talks are ongoing and there is a possibility that this project will move forward.

"Game Of Thrones" Prequel

"Game of Thrones," which is based on George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, is currently one of the most highly anticipated shows on television. GoT has enjoyed high viewership ratings and it has sustained its momentum for the past six seasons. After bagging 12 trophies during the 2016 Emmy awards, there is no denying that the series is a huge success for HBO.

During an interview with HBO's programming president, Casey Bloys, he confirmed that the network is in talks with Martin for ideas on a possible prequel for "Game of Thrones." He made it clear that these were preliminary talks and that they are still exploring several areas in the history of Westeros that they can develop into a new show.

"Game Of Thrones" Season 8 Finale

"Game of Thrones" season 7 will be back in the summer of 2017 with only seven episodes. Based on the statement of showrunners Dan Brett Weiss and David Benioff, season 8, the series finale, will only have six episodes. In the interview with Bloys, the executive did not confirm or deny these statements, he merely replied that he will "take as much as we [HBO] can get."

When asked about the possibility of releasing the next six episodes as a movie, Bloys did not give a direct answer but implied that the network will go with the option which gives it the greatest benefit. Although Martin is purportedly lobbying for the finale to be released in cinemas, this may not be possible given HBO's record for providing the best service that it can to subscribers.

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