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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 September 2018

There is a Game of Thrones prequel coming, but not until at least 2020

It seems there will be life after the eighth - and final - season of the HBO smash hit that follows the warring families of Westeros 

Kit Harington portrays Jon Snow in a scene from the seventh season of HBO's "Game of Thrones." AP
Kit Harington portrays Jon Snow in a scene from the seventh season of HBO's "Game of Thrones." AP

HBO said on Friday that it is moving ahead with a prequel for its hit television series Game of Thrones, the first green light for five potential spinoff projects for the award-winning medieval fantasy.

HBO said it had given a pilot order to a prequel that will take place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, the biggest international hit for the Time Warner channel.

If all goes well with the pilot, the network will order a full TV series. The as yet untitled prequel was created by British screenwriter Jane Goldman with author George R.R. Martin, whose novel series A Song of Ice and Fire is the basis for the Game of Thrones television series, HBO said in a statement.

This image released by HBO shows Kit Harington, left, and Emilia Clarke on the season finale of "Game of Thrones." The series set yet another audience record Sunday with its seventh-season finale. Nielsen says an all-time high of 12.1 million viewers were tuned in to the wildly popular fantasy drama. An additional 4 million caught the episode on streaming channels. (Macall B. Polay/HBO via AP)
Kit Harington, left, and Emilia Clarke on the season finale of Game of Thrones last year. The series set yet another audience record Sunday with its seventh-season finale. Nielsen says an all-time high of 12.1 million viewers were tuned in to the wildly popular fantasy drama. AP

It will chronicle "the world's descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour," and look at the secrets of the history of the warring families in the fictional kingdom of Westeros. News of the prequel comes ahead of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, which is due to be broadcast in 2019.

The series, which has won multiple Emmy awards, is HBO's biggest hit ever with some 30 million viewers in the United States and an army of devoted fans worldwide. HBO gave no timescale for when the prequel series might air but executives have said any spinoffs would not be broadcast until at least a year after the final season of Game of Thrones in 2019.

No dragons until next year. Game of Thrones will not return until 2019. AP
No dragons until next year. Game of Thrones will not return until 2019. AP

Martin said a year ago that he is working with at least four other writers on ideas for other spinoffs but details have remained under wraps. But HBO and Martin have said some of them may not even be set on Westeros, and that fans should not expect them to feature the same characters as Game of Thrones.

"This story, A Song of Fire and Ice, is done. There's no revival, reboot, spinoff talk," HBO programming president Casey Bloys told the Hollywood Reporter earlier this year.

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