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George R.R Martin Talks GAME OF THRONES Spinoffs

May 15, 2017

New York Premiere  of "Game of Thrones"

HBO said earlier this month that four Game of Thrones spinoffs were in development. Now, series creator George R.R Martin spoke to Live Journal and clarified that these spinoffs are actually prequels.

“What we’re talking about are new stories set in the “secondary universe” (to borrow Tolkien’s term) of Westerns and the world beyond, the world I created for A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE… None of these new shows will be ‘spinning off’ from GAME OF THRONES in the traditional sense. We are not talking Joey or AFTERMASH of even FRAZIER or Lou Grant, where characters from one show continue on to another. So all of your who were hoping for the further adventures of Hot Pie are doomed to disappointment. Every one of the concepts under discussion is a prequel, rather than a sequel. Some may not even be set on Westeros. Rather than ‘spinoff’ or ‘prequel’, however, I prefer the term ‘successor show’. That’s what I’ve been calling them.”

Martin also confirmed the involvement of the four previously-named writers, Max Borenstein, Jane Goldman, Brian Helgeland and Carly Wray, but added that he’s not only working with two of them, but all four. In addition, Martin confirms that a fifth script is also in development by an unnamed fifth writer. However, he did teased the writer’s identity saying:

“I do think it’s very unlikely that we’ll be getting four (or five) series. At least not immediately. What we do have here is an order for four– now five– pilot scripts. How many pilots will be filmed, and how many series might come out of that, remains to be seen. (If we do get five series on air, I might have to change my name to Dick Direwolf).” 

Martin went on to clarify what the four shows won’t be saying:

“We’re not doing DUNK & EGG. Eventually, sure, I’d love that, and so would many of you. But I’ve only written and published three novellas to date, and there are at least seven or eight or ten more I want to write. We all know how slow I am, and how fast a television show can move. I don’t want to repeat what happened with GAME OF THRONES itself, where the show gets ahead of the books. When the day comes that I’ve finished telling all my tales of DUNK & EGG, then we’ll do a TV show about them… but that day is still a long ways off.

We’re not doing Robert’s Rebellion either. I know thousands of you want that, I know there’s a petition… but by the time I finish writing A SONG OF ICE & FIRE, you will know every important thing that happened in Robert’s Rebellion. There would be no surprises or revelations left in such a show, just the acting out of conflicts whose resolutions you already know. That’s not a story I want to tell just now; it would feel too much like a twice-told tale.”

Martin did confirmed that yes, he’s still working on the new book in the series, “The Winds of Winter.”

GAME OF THRONES returns for a shorter seventh season on July 16.



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