HBO is having a hard time dealing with the impending end of hit fantasy series "Game of Thrones," which is set to wrap its critically-acclaimed run after two more shortened seasons. But is there hope that a sequel, prequel, or spinoff series could happen sometime in the future?

The answer is a resounding yes, though new HBO president of programming, Casey Bloys, cautions that there's nothing official in the works just yet. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Bloys noted that he was optimistic about the future of the "Thrones" brand, but was finding it hard to say goodbye to the current show, which is his main focus right now.

"There are things that sound interesting, but at this point, we have no writers assigned or anything like that," the exec told THR. "In a perfect world, 'Game of Thrones' would keep going, and we wouldn't have to deal with any of this!"

But it's not a perfect world, and "Thrones" is due to end after season eight airs in 2018. And even though series creators and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss told THR that they would be done with George R.R. Martin's world once the show wraps, they were confident that "there will be other series set in Westeros." That's what HBO hopes, too.

"There are so many properties and areas to go to," Bloys told THR. "For us, it's about finding the right take with the right writer."

We'll keep our fingers crossed.

[via: The Hollywood Reporter]