We are approaching the end of Game of Thrones, with Season 7 reaching its conclusion this month, and then six more episodes in Season 8 to wrap it all up.
Thankfully, the folks at HBO know a goldmine when they see one, and have plans for a prequel spinoff.
Originally reported as four separate series, HBO’s president of programming Casey Bloys clarified in June, saying he’s hopeful they’ll launch even one spinoff show that will meet the standard set by Game of Thrones.
We have a few suggestions on what that spinoff show could be:
The most logical choice for a prequel spinoff would be a series focused on Robert’s Rebellion, a war that happened prior to the events of Game of Thrones. There are so many events from the war that tie directly into the series proper: Jaime Lannister’s slaying of the Mad King” Aerys Targaryen, the beginning of Robert Baratheon’s reign and Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark’s tryst which led to the birth of Jon Snow (if we, as we should, believe R+L=J).
The Rebellion would be a perfect entry point for Thrones viewers, who have heard much about the events from this era throughout the show. Iconic battles like The Battle of the Trident — where Robert killed Rhaegar — and the Sack of King’s Landing could be brought to life on the television screen. We’re salivating at the thought of this based on what we know Thrones has done in the past in shooting major battle scenes.
Similar to what Breaking Bad did with Better Call Saul, this prequel to retain some of the tentpole characters from Thrones — Robert, Jaime, Sean Bean as Ned Stark! — and put them in a new environment with supporting characters we’ve only heard about and seen in flashbacks on the show.
The Citadel Diaries with Sam Tarly
Sam Tarly is the classic two-bit background character whose importance is only appreciated in the final stages of the grand sprawling tale. George R.R. Martin has been on record calling Sam the character he has written that is closest to himself, because he’s “the fat kid who likes to read books and doesn’t like to go up a lot of stairs.”
Sam has become such a crucial piece of the puzzle in Season 7. His time at The Citadel in Oldtown has already yielded two crucial results: Sam — who knows that dragonglass is one way to kill the White Walkers — sent word to Jon about a location in Dragonstone with a huge deposit of dragonglass which sent the King of the North on his way to meet Daenerys. Second, Sam also discovered a greyscale cure and successfully applied it to heal Jorah Mormont’s life.
But what exactly is life like on a day-to-day basis at the Citadel, aside from transcribing old texts and cleaning out bedpans at the infirmary. Surely, there’s plenty of entertaining tasks and curious minds at the headquarters of the Order of Maesters. We wouldn’t be opposed to a Harry Potter style look at Sam’s stint in Oldtown.
If Sam is the hero we might need, Bronn is the hero we deserve. The list of Bronn’s most badass moments on the show continues to expand after he went head-to-head (with a giant crossbow, we should mention) against Drogon and lived to tell the tale. Don’t forget how he kicked a Knight of the Vale out the Moon Door in a trial by combat defending Tyrion in Season 1 or how his archery skills help ignite a sea of wildfire, helping to turn the tide in The Battle of the Blackwater.
Bronn is the James Bond of GoT. Put him in the most ridiculous situations, box him into a corner, he’s the hero who finds a way to come out unscathed no matter what. If Bronn survives the remaining episodes of the show, we’re praying he does, give us a show with Jeremy Flynn playing the charismatic sellsword just traveling all over Westeros, stirring up trouble and then getting himself out of it.
The Iron Bank Reality Show
The Iron Bank of Braavos is the most powerful financial institution in the Game of Thrones universe. As evident by Iron Bank rep Tycho Nestoris’s interactions with Cersei this season, the Bank is not just about collecting debts, but they have a very cut-throat approach when it comes to who they are willing to back financially. Tycho has made it clear to Cersei: we’re here to make things happen provided you have the gold to pay back your debts, as a Lannister would.
It’s fun to imagine the Iron Bank as a type of Wolf of Wall Street type operation, just a bunch of money-hungry finance bros trying to figure out which penny stock can turn into a blue chip moneymaker (sadly, it wasn’t Stannis). Give us an entire spinoff show based in Braavos, where we get to meet individual members of the Iron Bank. What makes them tick. How they spend their own money. And how they go about figuring out who to place their bets on in the war for the throne.
The Night’s Watch anthology
HBO hit gold with True Detective (well, the first season at least), an anthology crime drama series with a cast full of star power, with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson headlining the first installment and Colin Farrell and Rachel McAdams featured in season two.
Listen, the Night’s Watch has over 8,000 years of history and plenty of stories to be told from different eras and all of the Lord Commanders that have led the defense of the northern borders in Westeros. It would be a shame if all of these backstories weren’t mined for content for a new anthology spinoff show. Josh Brolin as the Lord Commander? Tom Holland as a Wildling? Just pony up the money, get some A-list stars, and turn the Night’s Watch into the next million dollar anthology franchise.
The Little Birds
Ah, the little birds. The network of spies and informants that work for Varys — the Master of Whisperers himself — has been referenced plenty of times on the show and were recruited by Qyburn after Varys fled King’s Landing, and have been instrumental in the flow of information in a universe where they still use ravens to deliver messages.
The little birds are mostly children, but they have an important role to play in the series, and it would be fun to see the behind-the-scenes machinations of how the most important information and sources travel in Westeros, perhaps with a 24 style ticking tock where each hour of the show represents 60 minutes in real life, and the birds have to complete their tasks within the prescribed time frame.
Game of Thrones x Family Feud
This last idea was inspired by this viral clip of Hodor on Family Feud from Jimmy Kimmel. Not necessarily a spinoff but I think we all deserve a special week of Game of Thrones x Family Feud where we can get all the actors on the show together for a battle between the Lannisters and the Starks, the Boltons and the Freys, the Greyjoys and the Martells, and so on. Maybe we can even get George R.R. Martin to guest-host for the week, if he’s not too busy finishing the books!!
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- Words: Alex Wong
- Lead image: HBO