‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King’Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Predicts Sansa Stark’s Future Stay on target Game of Thrones is coming to an end, with its shortened final season airing in 2018. That doesn’t mean HBO is leaving Westeros for good though. Variety reports that the network has deals with four different writers to create new shows set in George R.R. Martin’s universe. Talks of a possible spinoff series began last year at the Television Critics Associations summer press tour. HBO programming president Casey Bloys said that while everyone involved was open to the idea, it would have to make sense creatively.That still appears to be the attitude even with these recent deals. A spokesperson told Variety that the writers are being given “as much or as little time as they need” to come up with their spinoff shows. “As with all our development, we will evaluate what we have when the scripts are in.” So it sounds like even though they have four possible spinoffs in the works, that doesn’t mean all four will actually be produced. It also sounds like we shouldn’t expect a spinoff to happen right after Game of Thrones airs its final episode. As much as we’d all like to stay in Westeros, it’s better if the network takes its time to make another great show.The writers involved are Kong: Skull Island‘s Max Borenstein, Kingsman: The Golden Circle‘s Jane Goldman, Legend‘s Brian Helgeland, and Mad Men‘s Carly Wray. That’s a pretty impressive group of writers. I kind of hope all of these projects lead to something, as I’d like to see each one of their takes on George R.R. Martin’s world.The spinoff series will explore different eras in Westeros’s history, which definitely has potential. One of the things that made A Song of Fire and Ice such an engrossing read was the fact that Westeros felt like a living world. It had a long, rich, detailed history, and there are potentially thousands of stories that can be told in this setting. I wonder if any of them will be set after Game of Thrones. Like, is there an era of Westeros that’s equivalent to our modern day? What does that world look like? In any case, considering how good the series became after it was able to go off in its own direction, I can’t wait to see what these writers can do with the ability to create wholly original characters and stories.Whatever stories these spinoffs try to tell, it’ll likely be a long time before we see any hint of what they’re about or when they take place. In the meantime, we still have two more seasons of Game of Thrones to look forward to. The seven-episode seventh season premieres on HBO on July 16, 2017.