Game of Thrones may be one of the most popular television shows on right now, but its time is soon coming to an end. Season 7 will premiere in summer 2017 (later than usual), but after that, there is just season 8 left to finish up the epic saga of Westeros.
As the final Game of Thrones seasons approach, there's been a lot of speculation about if and how HBO will continue the franchise. The most persistent speculation has been that a prequel series about Westeros, or spinoff series about a different set of characters are the most likely scenario (as opposed to a sequel).
Now we can narrow down the possibility for Game of Thrones' continuation even further, as HBO programming president Casey Bloys tells EW that over at HBO, they're currently leaning toward a specific format for a continuing series:
"A prequel feels like it has less pressure on it [than a spin-off]. [Author George R.R. Martin's history of Westeros] gives you areas in which to say to a writer, 'If you were going to do this, then go flesh it out,' and we'll see what comes back. But I don't feel any pressure that we have to have something."
Game of Thrones added a new dimension to season 6 by having Bran Stark serve as the new Three-eyed Raven, watching over Westeros. With the ability to see through time, Bran was able to take viewers to key moments in Westeros' past - including a pivotal battle of "Robert's Rebellion" that wowed fans. The success of those flashback moments has convinced many fans that a Game of Thrones prequel would be an exciting prospect; sounds like execs over at HBO are hearing the rally cry.
MORE GoT NEWS: Spinoff Plans Update / Oona Chaplin Speaks Out About The Game Of Thrones's Nudity And Porn / Iain Glen Explains Why Game Of Thrones Season 7 Is Taking So Long To Make / Game of Thrones Spinoff Plans Confirmed by HBO Boss / Major Character Is Back In Game Of Thrones Set Photos / Game Of Thrones Season 7 Plot Leaks Online / Game of Thrones Season 7 Rumors Hint at Family Conflict / Game Of Thrones: George R.R. Martin Thinks Winds Of Winter Will Be Out This Year / Game Of Thrones Meets Westworld In Fan Mashup / Game Of Thrones Is Most Torrented Show Of 2016 / Game Of Thrones Casting Director Comments On Diversity Concerns
Game of Thrones returns to HBO in summer 2017.