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8 Game of Thrones spin-off shows that HBO needs to commission

Wednesday 7th November 2018

There’s sad news as Game of Thrones comes to an end in 2019. However, instead of leaving George R.R. Martin’s wide world of Westeros behind, HBO promises to continue the story with a series of spin-off shows.

Fans only know that the network has officially greenlit one of the projects, but there’s no news on which part of Martin’s imagination will be adapted first. Looking at the author’s acclaimed work, here are eight possible spin-offs that we’d like to see HBO tackle next.

The Night’s Watch

Taking the Black and heading north to the Wall was a sidelined story on Game of Thrones as the Night’s Watch became a small band of men trapped in some icy climes. Heading back to the earlier days of the Night’s Watch, who wouldn’t want to explore more stories of icy polar bears and frozen giants?

The story could neatly tie into the Night’s King (not to be confused with Thrones’ Night King). Rumoured to be an obsessive Lord Commander, the Night’s King fell in love with a female White Walker and imprisoned his own men for 13 years in palatial Nightfort.

Bran the Builder

Sticking with a snowy spectacle, HBO could go back even further and look at the series of events that led to Bran the Builder putting up that frozen fortress. Famous for creating the Wall, it would be interesting to see what terrifying demons forced Bran the Builder to go full Donald Trump.

Obviously, we’re expecting some sort of big twist in Season 8 where we find out that ‘our’ Bran is THE Bran across the ages, but we’ll have to wait and see.

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Old Valyria

The main series briefly took us to the smoky ruins of Valyria but barely touched on the city’s eclectic history. Not only where Valyrian steel was founded, Valyria was also ruled by a race of people that looked ironically like the Targaryens.

Everything was going well until the land was burned to the ground by the volcanic Doom of Valyria. Basically George R.R. Martin’s version of Atlantis crossed with Pompei, the once great Valyria is now ruled by ash and Stonemen while being primed for a fiery origin story.

Aegon the Conqueror

Another fan-favourite who is only heard of in legends in Aegon Targaryen. The distant ancestor of Daenerys Targaryen, Aegon helped build the Westeros that we’ve come to love in the TV series. After the Doom of Valyria, Aegon and his two sister-wives decided to hop on their dragons and unite the realm as one.

 Brilliantly bloodthirsty, Aegon would be a brilliant antihero to lead a series of his own. Bearing in mind that it’s also here in Westerosi history that the pointy Iron Throne is formed from the blades of Aegon’s enemies, meaning its the perfect prequel series.

Tales of Dunk and Egg

Moving slightly away from the world of Westeros we know so well, prime George R.R. Martin adaptations are the Tales of Dunk and Egg novels. The stories follow Ser Duncan the Tall (Dunk) and his squire Egg (the future King Aegon V) on their adventures across the land.

Not entirely abandoning what Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have already done, there are just enough nods to Game of Thrones thanks to the likes of a young Walder Frey appearing and Egg being the brother of Maester Aemon Targaryen. Tales of Dunk and Egg are an easy one to bring to life because they already exists in book form. Martin himself even told Entertainment Weekly that the stories make the most sense for a spinoff series.

Robert’s Rebellion

Although fans have already been told HBO won’t do a prequel series on Robert’s Rebellion, that doesn’t mean the network won’t focus on that particular story somewhere down the line. Set 15 years before the main show, Robert’s Rebellion would follow a much skinnier Robert Baratheon as he cleanses the Seven Kingdoms of the Mad King and sends the Targaryens scuttling into hiding.

Including everything from Jaime Lannister earning his Kingslayer badge to the brutal murder of the Martell’s by The Mountain, expect Robert’s Rebellion to be even more bloody than Game of Thrones. Bosses would be smart to cash in on the hype of this brutal battle at some point.

The Blackfyre Rebellion

The lesser-known cousin of Robert’s Rebellion is the Blackfyre Rebellion. Containing a colourful cast of villains, the Blackfyre Rebellion revolves around two heroic half-brothers. When Aegon Targaryen legitimises his bastard sons just before his death, Daemon Waters takes on the name Blackfyre and tries to take the throne with a collective known as the Great Bastards.

There would be plenty of sprawling battles to throw a budget at and a more magical theme running through a Blackfyre show thanks to a mythical sorcerer known as the Bloodraven, aka the Three-Eyed Raven before he is confined to a tree.

The Princess and the Queen

Everyone loves a bitter rivalry over the family will, and The Princess and the Queen has this in abundance. Imagine a Thrones-inspired version of Feud. Charting an era hundreds of years before Game of Thrones, the idea hones in on the 'Dance of Dragons’ — a fiery civil war with Targaryens.

Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and her stepmother, Queen Alicent, go head-to-head over who should wear the crown. While Rhaenyra should be next in line to the throne, Alicent wanted to crown her own son. It all gets pretty messy and one of the women ends up being fed to a dragon. Just imagine this as a bitchy miniseries.

Game of Thrones: Who will rule Westeros odds

Bran Stark 1/1
Daenerys Targaryen 3/1
Any Child Of Daenerys Targaryen 3/1
Any Child Of Jon Snow 3/1
Jon Snow 7/2
Tyrion Lannister 11/2
Cersei Lannister 9/1
Nights King (Current Leader Of The White Walkers) 10/1
Sansa Stark 12/1
Arya Stark 16/1
Gendry 16/1
Any Child Of Cersei 20/1
Samwell Tarly 33/1
Jaime Lannister 33/1
Lord Varys 50/1
Euron Greyjoy (Crows Eye) 50/1
The Children Of The Forest 66/1
Ser Davos 80/1
Podrick Payne 80/1
Jaqen H'ghar 100/1
Bronn Of The Blackwater 100/1
Grey Worm 100/1
Missandei 100/1
Brienne Of Tarth 100/1
Lyanna Mormont 100/1
Jorah Mormont 100/1
Victarion Greyjoy 100/1
Tycho Nestoris 100/1
Beric Dondarrion 100/1
Tormund Giantsbane 100/1
Theon Greyjoy 125/1
Yara Greyjoy 125/1
Catelyn Stark (Lady Stoneheart) 150/1
Eddison Tollett (Dolorous Edd) 150/1
Meera Reed 250/1
Ellaria Sand 250/1
Ser Pounce 250/1
Illyrio Mopatis 250/1
Hot Pie 325/1
Gilly 325/1
Ed Sheeran 325/1

Game of Thrones: Who will rule Westeros odds

3. Any Child Of Daenerys Targaryen
8. Nights King (Current Leader Of The White Walkers)
16. Euron Greyjoy (Crows Eye)
17. The Children Of The Forest
33. Catelyn Stark (Lady Stoneheart)
34. Eddison Tollett (Dolorous Edd)
Odds correct as of 11th Apr, 15:37 . Odds are subject to change.
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