Five Game Of Thrones spin-off prequels are in the works

It seems that the finale of Game Of Thrones won't be the end of the TV franchise by a long shot.

A reported five spin-off series are currently being worked up by various screenwriters and development executives, including three prequels.

And according to HBO CEO Richard Plepler, two of them are so far along that he has seen early drafts of them.

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Game Of Thrones: FIVE spin-off prequels are in the works... and HBO bosses have already read two of the 'exciting' first drafts

Game Of Thrones: FIVE spin-off prequels are in the works... and HBO bosses have already read two of the 'exciting' first drafts

At the Mipcom entertainment trade show in , he told Variety: 'It's a fantastic group of writers and talent, most of whom have lived inside the Thrones eco-system so are very, very familiar with its intricacies.

'I think we will find with this embarrassment of [writing] riches an exciting property for us to move forward with.'

The five proposals does not mean that they will all come to fruition, with only one or two likely to make the pilot stage.

But it's reported that the original creator of the franchise George R R Martin is 'closely involved' with three of the five.

Exciting: According to HBO CEO Richard Plepler, two of them are so far along that he has seen early drafts of them

Exciting: According to HBO CEO Richard Plepler, two of them are so far along that he has seen early drafts of them

'Every single episode will be monumental!' Game Of Thrones star John Bradley promises that each instalment of the final eighth season will be 'high-stakes, high-octane'

'Every single episode will be monumental!' Game Of Thrones star John Bradley promises that each instalment of the final eighth season will be 'high-stakes, high-octane'

Meanwhile, with only one season left of Game Of Thrones, actor John Bradley, who plays the role of Maester Samwell Tarly, has assured that each episode of season eight will be treated as if it were a season finale.

'Clearly every single episode of the six you’ve got left in Season eight is gonna be monumental,' he said. 

'I think what we used to call episode nine in Game of Thrones folklore — the episode when everything comes to a head and you get a lot of spectacular sequences — I think you’re gonna get six episode nines this year.'

Speaking to The Huffington Post about returning directors Miguel Sapochnik and David Nutter, he said: '[the final season] needs somebody at the helm who’s done that kind of high-stakes, high-octane direction before for us.'

Big things: John Bradley, who plays the role of Maester Samwell Tarly, has assured that each episode of season eight will be treated as if it were a season finale

Big things: John Bradley, who plays the role of Maester Samwell Tarly, has assured that each episode of season eight will be treated as if it were a season finale

Speaking to The Huffington Post about returning directors Miguel Sapochnik and David Nutter, he said: '[the final season] needs somebody at the helm who¿s done that kind of high-stakes, high-octane direction before for us'

Speaking to The Huffington Post about returning directors Miguel Sapochnik and David Nutter, he said: '[the final season] needs somebody at the helm who’s done that kind of high-stakes, high-octane direction before for us'

In September it was announced that Nutter would return to direct at least two episodes of the eighth season while Sapochnik will helm two or three.

Other directors lined up for the job of directing the rest of the season include David Benioff and D. B. Weiss.

Sapochnik is responsible for such episodes as Hardhome and the epic Battle of the Bastards in season six, while Nutter won the Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series 2015 Emmy Award for his work on the Season five finale Mother's Mercy and the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Dramatic Series at the 2016 Director's Guild of America Awards for the same episode.

He has also directed others, such as The Rains of Castamere and Dance of Dragons.

Meanwhile, Bradley's character Samwell was last seen talking about the much-discussed parentage of Jon Snow, with Bran Stark in Winterfell.

Back for more: In September it was announced that Nutter would return to direct at least two episodes of the eighth season while Sapochnik will helm two or three

Back for more: In September it was announced that Nutter would return to direct at least two episodes of the eighth season while Sapochnik will helm two or three

'It would be a waste of $100,000 - it¿s not going to happen!' Nikolaj Coster-Waldau blasts 'stupid' HBO boss for suggesting Game Of Thrones shoots multiple finale endings

'It would be a waste of $100,000 - it’s not going to happen!' Nikolaj Coster-Waldau blasts 'stupid' HBO boss for suggesting Game Of Thrones shoots multiple finale endings

The final season won't air until 2019, however, leaving fans chomping at the bit to find out how everything will end.

Another actor discussing what's in store during the eighth season this week was Nikolaj Coster-Waldau [who has played Jaime Lannister since season one].

Speaking to Marie Claire, the actor, 47, has criticised HBO's Head Of Programming Casey Bloys by default, for claiming that the plan for season eight was to shoot several versions of the ending, so as to avoid any risks regarding plot leaks. 

'You’re not going to waste $100,000 a day to shoot something you’re not going to use. It’s not going to happen,' he insisted. 'Do you think that’s true? It seems really stupid to me.

'Stupid': Nikolaj Coster-Waldau [who has played Jaime Lannister since season one] clearly feels he can say what he likes about plans for the finale

'Stupid': Nikolaj Coster-Waldau [who has played Jaime Lannister since season one] clearly feels he can say what he likes about plans for the finale

'I mean if it’s true I don’t believe it. I haven’t read the script, so unless they will show several endings that could be a twist, they’re not going to waste that money. They know how expensive it is to shoot.'

Nikolaj - whose character Jaime abandoned his sister [and lover] Cersei [Lena Headey] at the end of season seven - is indeed correct: it's an expensive business shooting the smash hit fantasy series.

Although he appears to have undervalued it, as it was reported by Entertainment Weekly earlier this year that 'throughout the show’s sixth season, a single episode cost around $10m to produce'.

It's thought that Casey Bloys' comments come after the seventh season suffered script and actual episode leaks earlier this year.

Expensive: Nikolaj - whose character Jaime abandoned his sister [and lover] Cersei [Lena Headey, picrtured] at the end of season seven - is indeed correct: the show is costly to producer

Expensive: Nikolaj - whose character Jaime abandoned his sister [and lover] Cersei [Lena Headey, picrtured] at the end of season seven - is indeed correct: the show is costly to producer

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