The ending of Game of Thrones, controversial as it may be, might have given some the impression that HBO might develop sequels. The premium cable giant has now confirmed that this won’t be the case. It has previously confirmed that a prequel is indeed in development but it won’t have anything to do with Game of Thrones.

As Arya Stark left to seek whatever is west of Westeros, the impression many got was that perhaps this was a segue for a standalone Arya spinoff. Or when Jon Snow goes beyond the wall, that looked ripe for a sequel as well.

That’s not how it’s going to be, though, as as HBO programming president Casey Bloys explained. “I understand where that comes from, I totally get it. But in terms of wanting to be careful not overdoing it or not killing the goose that lays the golden egg, Dan and David’s show as it stands in eight seasons, I want to leave it as it’s own work of art and not have shows directly, having Arya do that,” he said.

He did touch on the prequel that’s currently in development, pointing out that while it exists in this massive universe that George R. R. Martin has created, “it’s not the same show, it’s not the same characters, it’s not the same time frame, it’s not the same dynamic. It’s a tough line to walk, but you want to do a show that is of that world but not a replica.”

HBO will shoot the pilot for the Game of Thrones prequel in June but the network isn’t committing to a premiere date just yet. It may not air until at least a year later with the new show itself launching at some point in 2021, Bloys suggested.

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