Game of Thrones Prequel Pilot Gets Green Light at HBO

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Game of Thrones may be coming to an end at HBO, but the network is not done with the wonderful world the series takes place in. 

The network confirmed on Friday that it has greenlit a pilot for one of the five spinoffs in development. 

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The pilot will take place “thousands of years before the events of ‘Game of Thrones,’” the network said in a statement, adding:

“The series chronicles the world’s descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour."

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"And only one thing is for sure: From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’s history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend … it’s not the story we think we know.”

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It makes sense that HBO would want to keep the franchise alive with other projects set in the universe. Game of Thrones has shown growth every single season on the air. 

With some of the most shocking storylines on all of TV, it's without a doubt, one of the most popular shows around. 

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There's no word yet on when this series could air if the premium cable network orders it to series, but it would make sense to let some time pass between the mothership series and the spinoff. 

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Game of Thrones' final season still has no exact premiere date. The series is expected to conclude filming this summer, but the post-production notoriously takes longer. 

Some reports have said that it will return in March or April, but this has yet to be confirmed. 

Okay, Game of Thrones Fanatics!

What are your thoughts on this news?

Will you watch a spinoff if it goes all the way to series?

Hit the comments below. 

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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Game of Thrones Quotes

Thoros: You still mad at us, boy?
Gendry: You sold me to a witch.
Thoros: A priestess. I'll admit, it is a subtle distinction.
Beric: We're fighting a great war. Wars cost money.
Gendry: I wanted to be one of you. I wanted to join the brotherhood, but you sold me off... like a slave. Do you know what she did to me? She strapped me down in the bed. She stripped me naked.
The Hound: Sounds alright so far.
Gendry: And put leeches on me.
The Hound: Was she naked, too?
Thoros: She needed your blood.
Gendry: Yes, thank you. I know that.
The Hound: Could have been worse.
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Gendry: I'm not whinging.
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Tyrion: Let me give you some advice bastard. Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.
Jon: What the hell do you know about being a bastard?
Tyrion: All dwarfs are bastards in their father's eyes.