GAME of Thrones fans are hoping that the latest news about a potential spin-off series is true.
The HBO show is preparing to air its final series and as that wraps up, there has already been talk of a prequel to Game of Thrones being developed.
According to Variety, HBO’s programming president confirmed that the network is “exploring” the idea of a spinoff series.
Casey Bloys kept coy about the rumours, but did reveal: “We don’t have any scripts, we’re not even close to saying, ‘Oh let’s do this,’ but it’s a big enough property that we would be foolish not to explore it.
“All I can say is that we’re exploring it.
“It’s a really rich world. We’d be foolish not to look at it.”
Casey’s comments come after rumours of a spinoff were addressed at last year’s Emmy Awards.
Actress Emilia Clarke could not look more different in real life – the actress returns to brunette when she’s not playing the Mother of Dragons Khaleesi [Facebook/Getty]
Game of Thrones’ series creator David Benioff was asked about a prequel, but he brushed off questions and insisted they should be addressed with the author of Game of Thrones instead, George R.R. Martin.
Martin then said: “I do have thousands of pages of fake history of everything that led up to Game of Thrones, so there’s a lot of material there and I’m writing more.”
Although he did add that a spinoff is not at the top of his to-do list just yet.
Martin added: “At the moment we still have this show to finish and I still have two books to finish, so that’s all speculation.”
As rumours of a spinoff re-emerged, fans took to Twitter to share their excitement.
One user tweeted: “Please be about #JonSnow #GameofThrones #GOT.”
A second said: “Please let the potential #GOT spin-off be the prequel I need.”
While a third added: “Potential #GOT spin-off. Please be true.”
Until HBO’s plans are confirmed, fans have got the impending arrival of Game of Thrones’ seventh series to look forward to.
The first trailer for the new series aired over in the US back in November and teased that House Stark will take centre stage, with Jon Snow, Sansa Stark and Ayra Stark featuring heavily.
Game of Thrones isn’t set to return until mid 2017, as filming for the new series didn’t get underway until August 2016 – a month later than usual.
It will pick up from series six’s dramatic finale where viewers saw Margery being blown to pieces, learnt that Jon Snow is actually the son of Lyanna Stark (Ned’s sister) and watched Cersei become Queen.