With two more seasons to go, Game of Thrones is gearing to an end - however HBO bosses are clearly attempting to figure out in which way they can continue the property.
Although showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have remained coy on the subject in the past, the premium cable network's CEO Richard Plepner has confirmed that a spin-off looks extremely likely.
He said: "There might be some brand extension that would be exciting. It certainly has not escaped the producers.
"Right now we’re focused on finishing the series with the kind of energy and excitement that everyone has come to expect. We’re going to do that while at the same time parallel processing very embryonic stages of other possibilities."
It would be a missed trick for HBO not to continue the Thrones property considering it's one of the most popular shows currently on TV.
Earlier this year, it was confirmed that the remaining 13 episodes were to be split across two seasons with the next batch of epiodes - season seven - arriving later than usual in the summer of 2017; the swansong of cult series The Leftovers will air in its usual place.
Game of Thrones has been nominated in the Golden Globes 'Best TV Drama' category alongside fellow HBO big-hitter Westworld and Netflix smash hit Stranger Things.
Register for free to continue reading
Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism
By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists
Already have an account? sign in
Join our new commenting forum
Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies