The end is nigh for Game of Thrones, with two seasons left until we wave goodbye to the world of Westeros, for the time being at least.
Then attentions will turn to the four spin-offs HBO has planned for the George R.R. Martin universe of swords, sexy and sorcery, which remain shrouded in secrecy.
Minority Report and Kong: Skull Island scribe Max Borenstein has already been recruited for one of the projects, along with LA Confidential and A Knight’s Tale writer Brian Helgeland.
The other spin-offs, meanwhile, will see Martin work alongside Jane Goldman and Carly Wray on a further two series that remain well under wraps.
Or at least that appears to be the case. Over at Winter Is Coming, the definitive Game of Thrones fan site, they have a pretty good idea of what the four spin-offs could entail and have offered up the following four options.
“The events that lead up to the current Game of Thrones timeline are known as Robert’s Rebellion. Mad King Aerys Targaryen was going crazy, and wanted to have young Ned Stark and his friend Robert Baratheon killed. Meanwhile, Aerys’ son Rhaegar absconded with Lyanna Stark, Ned’s sister and Robert’s intended, thus inciting Robert’s legendary wrath.”
Dunk and Egg
“The Tales of Dunk and Egg tell the story of Duncan the Tall, a hedge knight down on his luck when he meets Aegon V Targaryen, the youngest son of the royal family. More free to do what he wants with his time than his older brothers, Aegon takes to wandering around tournaments and going as a bald little boy named Egg. The two have many adventures together, most of which end with Dunk clouting Egg in the ear.”
The Doom Of Valyria
“The birthplace of House Targaryen, the Valyrian empire was a tremendously powerful civilization that crumbled due to a mysterious cataclysm. It was also the birthplace of the Targaryen family. We could see the rise of House Targaryen and why the family chose to flee Valyria before the Doom.”
The Dance of the Dragons
“The Dance of Dragons, mentioned by Princess Shireen Baratheon in Game of Thrones season 5, was the name given to the Targaryen civil war, where Aegon II fought his half-sister Rhaenyra for the Iron Throne. By the time the war was over, both claimants were dead, and Rhaenyra’s son Aegon III was crowned king.”
Do any of these spin-off ideas have the potential to become reality? We’ll have to wait and see.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.