WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD.
No series finale can resolve everything. No matter how definitive an ending, questions invariably remain - characters with uncertain fates, decisions with uncertain consequences. Game of Thrones is no exception. It gave us plenty of resolution - a dead queen, a new king, a new nobility structure... and of course lots and lots of deaths.
Those who survived now move into open-ended future. Where could those futures lead them? To spinoffs, of course. While HBO has its hands full developing Game of Thrones-related prequel content, the network would no doubt jump at the chance to continue one or more of the stories left hanging at the end of its flagship series. It's unlikely to ever happen, but if it were, here are 11 theoretical possibilities for what we might see next. As for what would make the best spinoff, that's up to the voters - because unlike in Westeros (sorry, Sam), this here is a democracy.
Having literally saved the world from the apocalyptic clutches of the undead, Arya has moved into early retirement from the revenge business and taken to the high seas. Arya Goes West finds our eponymous heroine as a swashbuckling explorer, her faithful blade by her side, intent on discovering that which has heretofore remained hidden - and, needless to say, doling out righteous justice when the moment calls for it.
Exiled back to the post he once abandoned, Jon Snow, the Queenslayer, reunites with his friend Tormund Giantsbane - and, of course, his trusty direwolf Ghost - and leads the wildlings back beyond the Wall where they belong. Having already earned the loyalty of - and fought side by side with - the Free Folk, the erstwhile Aegon Targaryen has finally found his true calling. The King Beyond the Wall follows Jon Snow's rule in the treacherous terrain beyond the Wall as he shepherds the rebuild of a civilizaton that wants nothing to do with thrones, crowns, and kingdoms.
By the time King Bran names him, non-negotiably, his Hand, Tyrion Lannister has had more than his fill of backstage politics - not to mention near-death experiences both on the battlefield and in the courtroom. Now restored to the head of the High Council table - his dad's old job - Tyrion is tasked with putting his most useful administrative skills to work, while undoing the damage he helped cause in the first place. Hand of the Imp presents the labyrinthine behind-the-scenes operations of our beloved Tyrion and the High Council as they rebuild their kingdom from scratch.
So what did Drogon - the only remaining child of Daenerys Targaryen - do with his mother's body after incinerating the Iron Throne? The new King's Landing braintrust has been tracking the mighty dragon's movements as well as they can - and King Bran suggests he may be able to find him himself - but in Daenerys: Resurrection we get a more definitive answer. Drogon has taken the Mother of Dragons to Essos to see a red priestess. Turns out the Lord of Light looks kindly on the Breaker of Chains. When she wakes up, she's gonna be p*ssed.
After successfully reclaiming independence for the North, Sansa returns to her beloved home of Winterfell and takes over as the sovereign region's ruler, earning all the loyalty its citizens once gave to Jon Snow. Queen of the North continues the dramatic development of Sansa Stark, as Game of Thrones' once-perpetual victim takes her place as a respected and formidable ruler in her own right.
Not only a newly coronated knight of the realm but the new Lord Commander of the King's Guard as well, Brienne of Tarth may seem to have concluded a hefty dramatic arc. But not quite. As Knight's Watch shows us, her story has only just begun - and her battlefield prowess is still a much-needed skill set. The Seven Kingdoms may be at peace now - but it's Brienne's job to keep them that way.
An entire show about the nerd Samwell Tarly doing nerd things like reading history books could never work... unless those history books came to life. Enter Sam Tarly's True History of Westeros, a pseudo-anthology spinoff series that takes us back to history and into the middle of the the most fabled, legendary tales of Westeros's long and bloody history.
The unexpected inheritor of the Iron Throne - metaphorical as that throne may now be - "Bran the Broken" takes center stage in his own spinoff series as the Seven Kingdoms (well, Six Kingdoms, plus the North) move into a new era. Reign of the Three-Eyed Raven takes us to the future of the realm, addressing the advantages and pitfalls of having such an unconventional leader, as threats of war and conflict gradually, but inexorably, find their way back to the doorstep of King's Landing.
The newly minted Master of Coin may seem content to retire into an idyllic life as the Master of Highgarden - complete with all the money and land he's been trying to get his hands on for years, and a seat at the political table - but at heart, he's still a swordsman. And still as lethal as ever. Better Call Bronn gives us the weekly adventures of Bronn, the most lovable mercenary in the Seven Kingdoms, as he travels the continent to offer his expertise in one skirmish after another, going from battle to battle - and brothel to brothel.
The greatest and most enigmatic of mysteries left unsolved by Game of Thrones is the fate of one Ser Pounce, the beloved feline who memorably belonged to the self-deposed Tommen during his brief time on the throne. Sure, some may recall the showrunners claiming the royal kitten was dead - and by Cersei's hand, no less - as if confirming the boundlessness of their narrative cruelty. But fear not, cat lovers: 'twas but a clever ruse camouflaging the grand plans in store for the character. Ser Pounce survived Joffrey's wrathful threats, he survived the awkward flirting between his owner and his betrothed would-be queen, he survived the destruction of the Great Sept - and as Seven Kingdoms, Nine Lives confirms, he survived the bloodbath at the Red Keep, too. This standalone series would finally put Ser Pounce front and center, establishing Westeros's most noble Aristocat as he navigates the brave new world that emerges from the rubble of King's Landing.
Sure, Grey Worm may have accepted the compromise of sending the Queenslayer back to the Night's Watch rather than executing him - but that doesn't mean he's happy about it. As Game of Thrones ends, he and the rest of the Unsullied are returning to Naath to begin a society of their own. But as Revenge of the Unsullied dramatizes, making peace is not what Grey Worm has in mind.