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."
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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."
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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
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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.