With HBO recently announcing that there are four possible Game of Thrones projects in the works, fans have been speculating as to which stories could get the spinoff treatment. Luckily, George R.R. Martin is ready to help narrow down the (lengthly) list.
On Sunday (May 14), the author took to his blog to clear up a few things in regards to the GOT spinoff news. For starters, he revealed that he really doesn’t like the term “spinoffs.”
“For what it’s worth, I don’t especially like the term ‘spinoff,’ and I don’t think it really applies to these new projects. What we’re talking about are new stories set in the ‘secondary universe’ (to borrow Tolkien’s term) of Westeros and the world beyond, the world I created for A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE,” Martin wrote on his blog. “It is a world, and a pretty big one, and if there were eight million stories in the naked city back in the ’50s, just think how many more there are in an entire world, and one with thousands of years of recorded history.”
Martin also noted that although there were originally four writers on board to create pilot scripts for the new stories in the secondary universe, the number is now at five!
“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,” he wrote.
As for what the five new shows could be about? Martin was reluctant to reveal any possible ideas that might go forward. He did, however, share what types of tales GOT fans will not be getting.
“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,” Martin explained. “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.”
Another successor show that will not be happening has to do with Robert’s Rebellion.
“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,” he revealed. “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.”
Okay now that we know what isn’t happening, we need to start brainstorming what could be happening . With five potential successor shows getting a pilot and possible show in the future there are so many possibilities.
Although we’d love to see a sequel, if prequels are what’s on the menu, we’re totally on board with that, too.
What would you like to see from a GOT successor story?
Season 7 of Game of Thrones premieres on July 16, 2017 on HBO.