‘Game of Thrones’ Showrunners Won’t Tackle Prequel Series

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Game of Thrones has two seasons left, and while there are plenty of whispers and rumours of more GoT-related shows on the horizon, you can count showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss out.

It certainly was a big night for the Game of Thrones team at the recent Emmy Awards. The hugely successful HBO series took home Outstanding Drama Series for the second year in a row. Other wins included Drama Series nods for Outstanding Writing and Outstanding Directing, taking the show to a record-breaking 38 Emmy wins since its creation.

So, clearly things are still going very well for the series, a factor HBO would undoubtedly want to drag out if possible. But if they do move ahead with a prequel series, they’ll have to find new showrunners.

When asked about the possibility of a prequel chapter, Benioff was adamant that he and Weiss were calling it a day after the end of season 8.

“You might want to ask George about that,” TV Line quotes Benioff as saying backstage at the Emmys. “It’s a great world that George created. It’s a very rich world. I’m sure there will be other series set in Westeros. But for us, this is it.”

Considering the huge amount of work it is for both Benioff and Weiss to write and executive produce the series, and to be on-set for basically all of it, it’s completely understandable that the two would want to move onto other projects after a 7-year run on such an epic television project.

Meanwhile, Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin continues to write and pile up prequel-worthy material. Martin, also speaking backstage at the Emmys (via Deadline), had the following to say:

“I do have thousands of pages of fake history of everything that led up to Game of Thrones, so there’s a lot of material there and I’m writing more. At the moment we still have this show to finish and I still have two books to finish so that’s all speculation.”

Seeing as it’s all speculation for now, let’s take solace in the fact that while this Game of Thrones series is indeed coming to an end in a couple of years, we could very well have much more of this world to explore in the near future. Maybe. Hopefully. Please?

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