“Game of Thrones” may be working its way to an end, but that doesn’t mean the book is completely closing on the Westeros bunch.
“We’ve talked very, very kind of high-level, like, ‘Oh, that would be interesting, a prequel would be interesting, are there areas that make more sense?’” HBO Programming president Casey Bloys told TheWrap on Monday. “But we haven’t — no one has put pen to paper — yet. It’s still pretty early on.”
“But, it’s such a great world and it’s such a great property, we’d be crazy not to at least explore the idea of some sort of prequel or whatever you want to call it,” he added. “So, we are thinking about it, talking about it, but nothing really of note to report just yet.”
Speaking of spinoffs, those clamoring for a “Sex & the City” companion series focused on the Samantha Jones character should probably inform HBO of the rumors.
“That is not something that I am aware of,” Bloys told us. “It’s not something that is in active development or that I’ve had any conversations with anyone about.”
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While we had Bloys on the blower, TheWrap asked him for an updated comment on criticism his network faces over the level of sexualized violence against women on “Westworld” and “Game of Thrones.” HBO faced a barrage of questions on the matter this summer at the Television Critics Association press tour.
“That is a good reminder for us, because sometimes you need outside eyes when you’re in it. So I think it’s an important thing for the press to do,” Bloys said of the critics’ criticisms. “That said, this is going to be something that our showrunners — they’re all very smart, very thoughtful storytellers — the decision is theirs as to what they want to talk about and how they want to portray it.”
“I don’t think the goal is to lessen it; I think the goal is to be aware of how they are using it,” he added when we asked.
“There’s no answer that is going to end the questions, but I think the process itself is helpful for all of us,” Bloys closed the subject.