HBO has confirmed that they have signed a deal with the Game of Thrones creator George RR Martin and four new scriptwriters to create a series of spinoff shows based on the incredibly popular fantasy show which will "explore different time periods of George RR Martin's vast and rich universe". A spokesperson for the television network said: "We'll take as much or as little time as the writers need and, as with all our development, we will evaluate what we have when the scripts are in."
Season seven of the show will air in July
The new writers onboard for the upcoming shows including Kick-Ass screenwriter Jane Goldman, Mad Men's Carly Wray, Oscar-winning screenplay writer Brian Helgeland and Kong: Skull Island screenwriter Max Borenstein. Speaking about potential spinoff shows last year at the SXSW festival, Game of Thrones showrunner David Benioff said: "I think HBO might well do one and I'm looking forward to watching it. I think it'll be great, but I think it's better for them to get new blood in with new visions."
Fans of the show reacted with delight to the news, with one writing: "I will watch anything in the GoT universe as long as HBO wants to keep making them. Can we bring Gendry back? His arms must be tired." Another added: "Well this is good news I needed to hear today." Others were quick to suggest hilarious ideas for the spinoff shows, with one tweeting: "Tyrion, P.I…I would also watch Tyrion's Island," while another suggested: "Talk about jumping the shark, but how easy and absurd would it be to have Game of Thrones be a model set in Westworld's platform."
Four spinoff shows are in the works
There are just two seasons left of the original show, with season seven airing on 17 July. The show recently released stills from the upcoming series along with a teaser trailer that saw three characters – Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen and Cersei Lannister – take their place on their thrones.