George RR Martin is no stranger to killing off things, especially Game of Thrones characters. So you could imagine that the Song of Ice and Fire author was giddy to announce that one of the Game of Thrones spinoffs was killed off. But don’t get too disheartened because he also announced that three other spinoffs are currently in “active development” and there is a possiblity of multiple spinoff TV series.
Only days ago, we learned that HBO had greenlit a Game of Thrones prequel spinoff that will have Jane Goldman (X-Men: First Class) as the showrunner and Martin as the co-creator.
The upcoming TV series will take place “thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, the series chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: 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 … it’s not the story we think we know.” Sounds fantastic and you can read some possible plots for the spinoff HERE.
On Monday, Martin provided some additional information on the upcoming spinoff that is being made into a TV show. “None of the characters or actors from Game of Thrones will appear in the new show,” Martin said in his blog that is no longer a LiveJournal because it isn’t 2005 any more. “All of the successor shows we’ve been developing have been prequels, as I have mentioned before. This one really puts the PRE in prequel, since it is set not ninety years before Game of Thrones (like Dunk & Egg), or a few hundred years, but rather ten thousand years (well, assuming the oral histories of the First Men are accurate, but there are maesters at the Citadel who insist it has only been half that long).” So this story is going way, way back, leaving plenty of other Song of Ice and Fire history to be told… in possibly other Game of Thrones spinoffs?
Martin also divulged the status of the other four Game of Thrones spinoffs that were being developed since last May. Martin reveals that one of the spinoffs has been canned. But, there are three other spinoffs that still are being developed and have the possibility of becoming full-fledged HBO shows.
“Three more Game of Thrones prequels, set in different periods and featuring different characters and storylines, remain in active development,” Martin teased. “Everything I am told indicates that we could film at least one more pilot, and maybe more than one, in the years to come. We do have an entire world and tens of thousands of years of history to play with, after all. But this is television, so nothing is certain.” Multiple Game of Thrones spinoffs? Yes, please. Maybe one about Tommen’s cat Ser Pounce?
And for you scholarly book readers, Martin has some news for you as well. “And yes, before you ask, work on Winds of Winter continues, and remains my top priority,” Martin says. “It is ridiculous to think otherwise. If I wasn’t busy with Winds, don’t you think I’d be scripting one or more of these pilots myself? It’s not as if I’ve never written for TV.” You do realize you’ll get these spinoff series before George finishes Winds of Winter right?