‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoffs 5 Stories to Use for a Prequel Series
The biggest non-Jon-Snow-related question on everyone’s minds right now concerns the longevity of Game of Thrones. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss want to wrap things up in the next couple of seasons. HBO President Michael Lombardo would rather go at least six more years (which is network exec code for “let’s keep it on life support indefinitely”). There may be a happy medium that pleases both parties though: a George R.R. Martin-approved spinoff series. [Update, 7/8/16: In an interview with Deadline, the David Benioff and D.B. Weiss stated that the series will end after season 8.]
For Benioff and Weiss, a spinoff keeps the Game of Thrones brand alive while not jeopardizing the main storyline by dragging it out. On HBO’s side of the aisle, it gets to keep its golden goose. It certainly doesn’t help having Martin on board either. “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,” he says to Entertainment Weekly in an interview. Where would a spinoff series possibly go? We have some thoughts on that…
- Robert’s Rebellion
The Game of Thrones world we see in both the novels and HBO series is one that’s fresh off 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 their arranged marriages, and giving birth to a baby most believe to be Jon Snow.
This led to Brandon Stark (Ned’s older brother) demanding his betrothed back from the Targaryens. He was soon thrown into a dungeon by the Mad King Aerys Targaryen and then killed while being forced to watch his father Rickard burn alive. Things boiled over into the infamous uprising, led by the likes of Jon Arryn, Ned Stark, and Robert Baratheon. Aerys 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.
- Aegon’s Conquest
Before the Targaryens were overthrown by Robert Baratheon, they were the mightiest family in all of Westeros. But they weren’t always the rulers of the Seven Kingdoms. Aegon Targaryen and his two sisters rode into the region from their ancestral home in the east, conquering each great House one-by-one with the aid of their dragons (with the exception of Dorne, who remained independent for another 180 years). After a climactic battle where Aegon defeated the united Lannister and Highgarden armies, he was crowned king, ruling over a dynasty that would live on for upwards of three centuries.
- The Long Night
We’ve seen our fair share of White Walker action in recent seasons of Game of Thrones. What we haven’t seen though is where exactly these ancient ice monsters came from. Their history dates back to a period known as “The Long Night,” a winter rumored to have lasted an entire generation. It was marked by the first invasion of the White Walkers, and was fought off by an alliance composed of the First Men and the Children of the Forest.
There’s a whole lot to unpack in this story beyond the White Walkers too. The First Men were just that: the first men who invaded and settled Westeros. The Children of the Forest were a diminutive race of magic users who many theorize were the first to carve faces into the Weirwood Trees, now worshipped as shrines to the Old Gods of the North. The two factions warred against each other for hundreds of years before uniting to fight off the Walkers, and later leading to the first of the Starks erecting the Great Wall (ostensibly leading to the creation of the Night’s Watch).