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With only two shorter seasons left of Game of Thrones as we know it, people are beginning to wonder how they're going to get their fix of Westeros without it.
While the show's creators, David Benioff and D.B Weiss, are concentrating solely on making the final two seasons the best and most explosive yet, there has been talk of a Game of Thrones spin-off.
It'd be easy to poo-poo the idea straight off the bat as most spin-offs are nowhere near as good as the original - just look at Joey - but there's something different about Westeros.
As Benioff and Weiss said recently, George R.R. Martin didn't just create a story, he created a world.
There are so many characters and storylines and plots that are spoken about but never really explored in A Song of Ice and Fire, the show's creators would have a plethora of options should they choose to make a Game of Thrones spin-off.
Here, we're going to look at some of the best options available...
Robert Baratheon's Rebellion
The only glimpse of action from the rebellion we've actually seen in Game of Thrones are during Bran's flashbacks, and even then it was just one swordfight (what a swordfight, though) between Ned Stark and Ser Arthur Dayne at the Tower of Joy.
A spin-off series depicting the actions of the Mad King Aerys Targaryen that led to Robert's Rebellion and the subsequent war would make for some unreal television.
Of course, we all know how that rebellion ended and we've heard plenty of stories from it in the current series. However, doing a spin-off in more depth would allow the writers to explore people's true motivations for their actions and do some serious George R.R. Martin storytelling but on TV for our viewing pleasure.
The Hound and The Mountain
It's impossible not to like the Clegane brothers. The Hound, Sandor, and The Mountain, Gregor, are two of the most brutal, viscous and violent characters in Westeros and are yet still firm fan favourites.
As has been alluded to in Game of Thrones, The Hound's face was held against a fire by his older brother when they were kids after an argument about a toy. They were born into violence and it more than continued into their adult life.
A spin-off about The Hound and The Mountain joining Robert's Rebellion as young teenagers and their subsequent lives butchering people but for entirely different motivations would make for some great television.
It would allow us to see why Rhaegar Targaryen chose to bestow the honour of knighthood to The Mountain, even though he was a brute who enjoyed killing anyone and everything at any opportunity. And subsequently, why The Hound is so indifferent towards knighthood and killing.
Prince Oberyn Martell and Dorne
Prince Oberyn was taken from us far too soon and in far too gruesome a way. As Tyrion's champion, he was also the people's champion - because who doesn't love Tyrion? Having his head crushed by The Mountain was simply heart-breaking for everyone involved.
He only appeared in one season of Game of Thrones and yet managed to capture the hearts and minds of the audience thanks to the legend that followed him.
He was nicknamed the Red Viper thanks to his knowledge of poisons. According to Tyrion, he's famous for 'fucking half of Westeros'. He has eight bastard daughters by his paramour Ellaria Sand. He's hell-bent on avenging the death of his sister, Elia. He went to the Citadel to train as a maester before abandoning his studies. He even travelled to Essos and served with the Second Sons for a while (the guys Daario Naharis runs alongside Daenarys).
Are you telling me a spin-off set in Dorne around Oberyn's life wouldn't be good?
Those are my top three options. Of course there are a million more stories that could be explored further. The Mormont family story is intriguing and only ever remotely touched upon in Game of Thrones. The history of The Wall, the wildlings and the Night's Watch is also fascinating. What exactly went on with Benjen Stark? What happened to Gendry? There's so much more.
Your move Benioff and Weiss...
Words by George Pavlou
Topics: The Mountain, Game of Thrones