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Game Of Thrones prequel more likely than spin-off, HBO chief confirms
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Game Of Thrones prequel more likely than spin-off, HBO chief confirms

A prequel to Game Of Thrones is more likely to go into production than a spin-off, HBO's Head Of Programming has confirmed. 

The network’s programming president Casey Bloys, who confirmed in late 2016 that talks have begun with George R R Martin over ways to extend the series, has now told Entertainment Weekly that he feels it will be a prequel and not a spin-off that the network pursues. 

He said: "A prequel feels like it has less pressure on it [than a spin-off]. George R.R. Martin’s history of Westeros gives you areas in which to say to a writer, ‘If you were going to do this, then go flesh it out,’ and we’ll see what comes back. But I don’t feel any pressure that we have to have something."

He then added: "It’s such a big property we would be foolish not to explore it, but it’s a pretty high bar. We’ll take some shots at it. I’m not going to do it just to do it. It has to feel very special. I would rather have no sequel and leave it as-is then have something we rushed out."

Game Of Thrones' sixth season was released in November, a change from the previous routine which had seen the DVD coming out only a few weeks before the following season hit TV screens. 

Season seven will come to screens later than its usual April slot, with a summer arrival expecting for a seven-episode run. 

To order season six you can click on the button on the right-hand side of the page and you can check out the full Game Of Thrones back catalogue here. 

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