Game of Thrones may be inching towards its inevitable end, but it’s sounding more and more like a spinoff series is very much a possibility.
Unfortunately, both men currently have their hands full with trying to make sure they give Game of Thrones the fitting ending it deserves, but that hasn’t stopped others from weighing on on where HBO should take the series next.
Back in April, series author George R.R. Martin notably chimed in with his own suggestion of continuing on by adapting his Dunk & Egg stories. We’re all for the author’s suggestion but even so, we just couldn’t resist offering up a few of our own.
As Martin himself said, there are so many stories to tell in Westeros— read on to find out a few of the stories we’d love to see HBO tackle next!
1. A Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen prequel
Fans spent the majority of season 6 completely riveted by what Bran discovered about his father’s past and how it ties into what happened to his aunt Lyanna. Though we got highlights of how important Lyanna is to the story told in Game of Thrones, we’d love to see a fully fleshed-out version of it unfold in the form of a television series.
In the books, Lyanna is actually betrothed to Lord Robert Baratheon, but before they can be married, she’s kidnapped by Prince Rhaegar Targaryen. Coincidentally, the Targaryens are actually the heirs to the iron throne at the time, but they find themselves dethroned after Lyanna’s capture serves as the catalyst for an uprising called Robert’s Rebellion. It’s this uprising that allows Robert to usurp the Targaryens and take over the iron throne in the end, which is why he’s the one sitting on it when we’re first introduced to the world of Westeros in the first season of Game of Thrones.
Choosing to go back and fully tell this story would be a great next step for the HBO series because it would clue fans into what happened just before the events of Game of Thrones.
2. A series that dives into Melisandre’s past
Melisandre may have had one of the biggest reveals this year, but there’s still a lot we don’t know about the spell-caster who helped bring Jon Snow back from the dead.
In the first episode of the season, viewers were shocked to discover that she’s in fact centuries old— it’s a secret we’re let in on after we see Melisandre undress and remove her signature ruby choker. Actress Carice van Houten, who brings Melisandre to life, confirmed to the Huffington Post that it is her necklace that allows her to keep up the facade from day to day. Now that we know she’s much older than she seems, we’d love to know what else Melisandre has gotten up to over the course of the centuries she’s spent practicing magic throughout Westeros.
3. A “Where’s Gendry?” spinoff
Gentry may have only appeared in three seasons of Game of Thrones, but it’s clear that in the short time we spent with him, he managed to win the hearts of many. The bastard son of Robert Baratheon was last seen at the tail end of the third season when Ser Davos famously helped him escape the cell Melisandre has imprisoned him in.
Davos famously sent Gendry back to King’s Landing on a rowboat and ever since, fans have been wondering if the beloved character ever made it anywhere. Of course, we’re all holding out hope that Gendry makes his grand return to Game of Thrones but if that’s not the case, a series centering around his adventures after he gets to wherever he presumably rowed to would be incredibly fun to watch!
4. “The Story of the Faceless Men”
Arya got the highlights of how the House of Black and White came to be during her training there this season, but there’s obviously more stories to tell with regards to the Faceless Men.
We’d love to see a series like this start off by telling the story of how they came to be among the slaves of Old Valyria. It would even be interesting to delve further into the history of Jaquen H’ghar and see how his journey as one of the Faceless Men has played out over the course of his life. Given their long, and sordid history, we imagine there’s a lot of room for great storytelling with an option like this!
5. “The History of the Wildlings”
As Jon Snow quickly discovered during his time with the Night’s Watch, there’s plenty going on beyond the wall with regards to the Widlings. With that in mind, we imagine a series centered around this particular group of individuals would be incredibly interesting.
Specifically, we could see a Wildlings spinoff focused around Mance Rayder, who once served the Night’s Watch before he abandoned them in favor of joining the Wildlings and eventually becoming the King Beyond the Wall.
6. A series following the rise of Lyanna Mormont
One of GOT’s youngest characters, is also its fiercest. Fans can’t seem to get enough of Lyanna Mormont — and rightfully so. Not only has the scene-stealing Lady of Bear Island proven she’s a fearless leader, but she also single-handedly convinced the Northernerns to rally behind Jon Snow. In the books, Lyanna is just 10-years-old, which means there should be plenty to mill from her character in the years ahead. Who knows? Perhaps in a few years time, Lyanna will be ready to make a play for the Iron Throne. Who wouldn’t watch that show?
What would you like to see a Game of Thrones spinoff series focus on? Let us know in the comments below!