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HBO is not letting go of Game of Thrones anytime soon. The popular TV series, which is set to return with its seventh season this July, already has four spin-offs in the making, HBO confirmed recently.
"Dan Weiss and David Benioff (GoT screen writers) continue to work on finishing up the seventh season and are already in the midst of writing and preparing for the eighth and final season," said HBO in its statement. "We have kept them up to date on our plans and they will be attached, along with George R. R. Martin, as executive producers on all projects. We will support them as they take a much-deserved break from writing about Westeros once the final season is complete," read the statement.
But there are four spin-offs of GoT that are currently in development, which might include sequels as well as prequels. The history of the Mad King (Daenerys's father), the relationship between the Mad King's son Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark (Jon Snow's parents) and the making of the House of Targaryen are some of the areas the fandom is keen to learn more about.
The history of the White Walkers, and the childhood of the Lannister siblings, Jaime and Cersei, are also potential headliners for the prequel. As a family too, the Lannisters have been disturbingly dysfunctional. Besides, the incestuous bonds between Jaime and Cersei, Tywin Lannister's relationship with his children, especially Tyrion, will make for a compelling watch.
The GoT series is based on the books written by Martin and it is not clear how he would explore the story further. Though HBO has not announced the content of the spin-offs, and we don't know which ones would get the green light, there's definitely more of GoT to come in the next few years. But as of now, can we please just focus on the seventh season — Dany has sailed for Westeros, for god's sake.