HBO’s Game of Thrones recently ended its eighth and final season. We know who lived and died. We know who won The Iron Throne. The ending was divisive. It tied up loose ends but also posed more questions about the future of Westeros. Could any of that be explored in a Game of Thrones sequel show? No. There will be no sequels, HBO programming boss Casey Bloys says.
“Nope, nope, nope. No,” Bloys told The Hollywood Reporter.
HBO is working on multiple prequel TV series with new characters and actors in a story set in a different time period. Bloys says there won’t be sequels, however, because he wants the Game of Thrones created by D.B. Weiss and David Benioff to stand on its own.
“Part of it is, I do want this show–this Game of Thrones, Dan and David’s show–to be its own thing. I don’t want to take characters from this world that they did beautifully and put them off into another world with someone else creating it,” he said. “I want to let it be the artistic piece they’ve got. That’s one of reasons why I’m not trying to do the same show over.”
The world that George R.R. Martin created is “massive,” Bloys said, so HBO wants to keep trying new things instead of bringing back familiar characters and settings.
“We’re trying to do things that feel distinct–and to not try and re-do the same show,” he said. “That’s probably one of the reasons why, right now, a sequel or picking up any of the other characters doesn’t make sense for us.”
The entirety of Season 8 was controversial, and specifically the finale. Fans created an online petition asking for a remake, and Sansa actress Sophie Turner slammed it as “disrespectful.”