'Game of Thrones' Spinoff to Air in 2020, Not a Priority

'Game of Thrones' Spinoff to Air in 2020, Not a Priority

HBO President of Programming Casey Bloys reveals that the network continues developing Game of Thrones spinoff series, but assures that the show’s Season 8 is still the number one priority. With his recent remarks, many speculate that the spinoff will hit small screens in 2020.

The eighth and final season of the popular fantasy drama – which will consist of six episodes – will not premiere until after D.B Weiss and David Benioff feel as if they are out of the woods in the Game of Thrones production process. Bloys took the opportunity to discuss the highly-anticipated end of the globe-trotting series and its upcoming spinoffs.

Game of Thrones Season 8 Already in the Works!

During the Television Critics Association press tour, Bloys reiterated that Season 8 would air on HBO – not in Imax theaters – and that the length of each of the six episodes will have extended running times. He explained, “They’ve talked about the length. I imagine they’ll be longer, but I truly don’t know. Like, ‘Oh they’re going to be 80 minutes,’ but I truly don’t know.”

He went on to explain, “We haven’t had that discussion yet because I don’t know how long the episodes are going to be. Two hours per episode seems like it would be excessive, but it’s a great show, so who knows?” The HBO head also hinted that there is a chance that Game of Thrones Season 8 may be released in 2019.

Bloys said, “It’s a big season. I don’t have the answer yet, but they’re working on it.” The HBO programming president also divulged that the scripts for the last season “are written” and the showrunners are currently “boarding it all out” as they try to “get a sense for when they’re going to shoot” the series.

Given the success of the franchise, Bloys jump-started the development process by employing writers to create the Game of Thrones spinoff series. None of the four will feature current characters from the beloved fantasy show. He quipped, “I haven’t seen anything yet. With a show like Game of Thrones, with the level of quality and that they’ve set, we’d be lucky to get one that hits and we’re hopeful. We’ll see.”

Game of Thrones Spinoff Expected to Air in 2020!

The president of programming also made it clear that the four spinoffs are not their primary focus right now. He reaffirmed that it would not steal any thunder from the series’ finale. He emphasized, “The No. 1 priority in all of this is the final season of Game of Thrones. I don’t want to do anything with the spinoff or anything that detracts or distracts from that. That season will happen.”

Bloys further added that it would be “at least a year” before viewers get to see one of the spinoffs. He said, “What I don’t want is that the attention to be drawn off the final season, which I think is going to be epic and amazing and have the distraction of a new Game of Thrones arising after it. I think it’s best to separate it.”

Since Season 8 is expected to air in 2019, it is safe to speculate that the Game of Thrones spinoff will be out in 2020. As it stands now, all the four derivates are in pre-production. Bloys is yet to see so much of the outline, let alone a script.