HBO may be looking into green lighting a Game of Thrones spinoff, but fans shouldn’t expect one of their favorite characters to take part in any series that comes after the original wraps.
Actress Emilia Clarke, who plays the fan favorite Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones, recently revealed in an interview with Rolling Stone that any proposed spinoff will have to carry on without her.
“I have no doubt that there’ll be prequels and sequel and who knows what else. But I am doing one more season,” Clarke told Rolling Stone’s Alex Morris during her interview with the magazine for this month’s cover story. “And then that’ll be it.”
Over the last few months, fans have learned that HBO is in the process of working on not one, but five potential series that could explore other aspects of Westeros after Game of Thrones wraps things up after season 8.
Though some might be wondering why Clarke might not want to take part in future stories, it’s important to remember what author George R. R. Martin has hinted with regards to any series that HBO might want to move forward with after Game of Thrones wraps.
Back in May, Martin took to his blog to talk about potential Thrones spinoffs and hinted that he’s currently working with HBO to discuss bringing stories to life that take place beyond the world of Westeros.
“What we’re talking about are new stories set in the ‘secondary universe’ (to borrow Tolkien’s term) of Westeros and the world beyond, the world I created for A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE,” wrote Martin. “It is a world, and a pretty big one, and if there were eight million stories in the naked city back in the ‘50s, just think of how many more there are in an entire world, and one with thousands of years of recorded history.”
Given Martin’s words, it makes sense that Clarke might not be returning for future endeavors, simply because the story HBO chooses to tell next could feature a whole new band of characters with no ties to any of our Game of Thrones favorites.
Regardless, we’ll be looking forward to seeing how Clarke tackles bringing Daenerys’ story to a close over the course of the final two seasons of Game of Thrones.
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Game of Thrones season 7 premieres July 16 on HBO.