Since Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss announced their plan to end the main series after Season 8, fans are starting to think about the reality of life without their favorite TV show. In order to feed demand and capitalize on a successful series, a Game of Thrones seems like the obvious answer. A spinoff would keep the Game of Thrones brand alive while not jeopardizing the main storyline. On HBO’s side of the aisle, it gets to keep its golden goose.
“There are eight million stories in Westeros … and even more in Essos and the lands beyond. A whole world full of stories, waiting to be told,” George R.R. Martin said to Entertainment Weekly in an interview. Where would a spinoff series possibly go? We have some thoughts on that …
1. Robert’s Rebellion
The Game of Thrones world we see in both the novels and the HBO series is one that’s fresh off of Robert’s Rebellion. The war began with the alleged abduction of Lyanna Stark by Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, the heir to the Iron Throne. The predominant theory is that Rhaegar and Lyanna were in fact running away together, absconding from both of their arranged marriages, and giving birth to a baby most believe to be Jon Snow.
This led to Robert Baratheon demanding his betrothed back from the Targaryens. Things boiled over into the infamous uprising, led by the likes of Jon Arryn, Ned Stark, and Robert Baratheon. King Aerys Targaryen was later stabbed by his own Kingsguard, Jaime Lannister (hence the “Kingslayer” nickname), effectively ending the war on the spot. Now that’s a series we’d watch.