Game of Thrones only has one more season until it reaches its sure-to-be dramatic conclusion, but HBO isn’t about to let the fan-favorite franchise die down. The network has already announced five prequels in the works.
While we don’t know what any of the new series will be about, Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau told us he’d be down to play one specific role. The 40-year-old actor joked that he’d love to play a young version of his character, Jaime Lannister. “I would come back and play the prequel, play the 16-year-old Jaime. I could pull that off,” he told InStyle, flashing a devilishly handsome smile.
Sadly for us, HBO has said that the new series won’t involve any current cast members, so Coster-Waldau’s dream likely won’t become a reality. As for what’s next after Game of Thrones, the actor is not sure if he’d sign on to another long-term series. “I’ve been shooting movies all the time. I love them. I might do another show. There are so many great stories out there. I’m very lucky that way. I’m not going to do another Game of Thrones kind of show, for sure,” he told InStyle.
While he’ll miss the cast, after eight seasons, he’s ready to move on. “I’m going to miss the people, but we’ve told the story. It takes a lot of space in a very good way, but I don’t think it’s healthy for anyone with the kind of attention you’re getting. It’s so big, the show now.”
With record-breaking viewership and not one but five spinoffs on the way, we’d say “big” doesn’t even begin to cut it.
Can’t get enough Game of Thrones? They’re waiting for you. [SOUND] [APPLAUSE] Well, apparently neither can HBO’s programming president Michael Lombardo. Lombardo told reporters that he thinks Game of Thrones will run for eight seasons, and he would be willing to do more if showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are on board. That’s actually a season beyond what Benioff and Weiss said they were shooting for last year. But thanks to the show’s massive success, it seems HBO is all about Game of Thrones right now. 20 million people apparently tuned into the show last season, and the audience continues to grow. Or aren’t we allowed our history? Lombardo said he would even be interested in a prequel series if he could get Benioff and Weiss on board. Saying, I think you’re right, there’s enormous storytelling to be mined in a prequel, if George and Dan and David decide they want to tackle that. But there don’t seem to be any plans in motion right now. He said the show runners are currently focused on figuring out the remaining seasons of their current show. And, of course, since he was talking about Game of Thrones, he had to touch on whether John Snow is actually dead. “Dead is dead is dead.” Lombardo said, which is starting to feel like a company line at this time. One of the show’s directors responded the same way earlier this month>>. John Snow is deader than dead.>> However, no one seems convinces. Maybe, instead, everyone should be asking if John Snow will stay dead.