ICYMI: Five Game of Thrones spinoffs in the works! Plus Chai Hansen joins Shadowhunters!
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That’s right Game of Thrones fans! Five spinoffs of the hit HBO series are underway, but not the kinds you think! The five spinoffs will be prequels, exploring different timelines of the Westeros universe. The president of HBO spoke about the prequels, and said they will not feature existing characters but “familiar bloodlines.” Here’s what else he had to say:
“Should we go forward and make a pilot and [then] a series, nothing would air on HBO until at least a year after Game of Thrones ends. We want the final season of Game of Thrones, being the special event that it is [to stand on its own]. We don’t want to use it to launch [a new series]. We want some separation there.”
In other fantasy news, Freeform is getting a new cast member on their network! Chai Hansen, from The CW’s The 100, will be joining the cast of Shadowhunters! Henson will portray Jordan Kyle, a fan-favorite from the books.
Now that you’re all caught up, let’s get started! Spoilers ahead, you’ve been warned.
Hot Topic: The Witcher pilot script is finished!
All Witcher fans, commence! Producer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich (Daredevil, The Defenders) shared a photo on Twitter of the pilot’s script, which seems to be finished! Hissrich captioned the photo as: “It’s been a big week, #TheWitcher fans…”
Though little information about the Netflix drama has been revealed, the show will be based on books written by Andrzej Sapkowski. The book’s title character Geralt will be adapted from the video game.
Interviews: Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage believes its final season is “the time” to end! Plus Maisie Williams reveals which month Game of Thrones will be returning!
Peter Dinklage, who plays the popular Tyrion Lannister on hit HBO series Game of Thrones, sat down with Variety and revealed “it’s time” to end the series, as season 8 will be its last. Since season 8 will be the final season, Peter said it will be a “long one so we’re taking our time.” Here’s more on what he had to say about the series ending:
“It’s time. Storywise, not just for all our lives. It’s the perfect time to end it. Sometimes shows stay on a little too long, the jumping-the-shark thing.”
“We wrap in December and we air our first episode in April . That’s a four-month turnaround for these huge episodes. There’s a lot that goes into the final edit. You would not want to rush this season at all. We owe it to our audience and our fans to really do this final season to the best of our abilities.”
You can officially catch the final season of Game of Thrones in April 2019!
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