It appears that fans aren’t the only ones who were left fearing for the future of the Game of Thrones universe, as series creator George R.R. Martin is also harboring some reservations about the future of the franchise.
Following the series finale of Game of Thrones back in late May, George R.R. Martin’s beloved A Song of Ice and Fire baby went through its worst stretch of critical reviews, proving that not even Game of Thrones was bulletproof.
While the reviews were far from damning enough to put HBO’s plans for multiple spinoffs at risk, it showed that making something as critically successful and culturally important as Game of Thrones takes more than simply adapting George R.R. Martin’s work to the TV screen.
In fact, even Martin himself has some reservations when it comes to the success of the future Thrones spin-offs, as he does not expect to ever experience that same sort of success that Game of Thrones achieved.
Appearing on the Maltin on Movies podcast, Martin — who currently has three Game of Thrones spin-offs in development at HBO — revealed that he has it doubts when it comes to the future spin-offs achieving the same level of success that Game of Thrones obtained.
“The scale of Game of Thrones‘ success has — reaching all over the world and invading the culture to [such an extent] — it’s not something anyone could ever anticipate, not something I expect to ever experience again,” Martin said.
While its difficult to imagine any show reaching the levels of success that Game of Thrones achieved, if there were any with the potential to do so, its The Long Night, the Naomi Watts-starring spin-off that is set to be the first of the post-Thrones properties to be released.
According to HBO, the series “chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’s history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend, only one thing is for sure: it’s not the story we think we know.”
At this time, The Long Night (which is not even its official title) has yet to be given a release date, although fans are hopeful it will be released sometime in the year 2020 given that production began back in February 2019.