When news first broke last week that HBO and A Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. Martin were working on scripts for four possible Game of Thrones spinoffs, many fans of the now-iconic series were left to speculate what parts of Martin's extraordinary universe HBO would dive into next. Many fans pitched their own ideas for what these "successor shows" (as Martin calls them) could feature, including the tale of Aegon's conquest, the Age of Heroes, and even the dawn of life on Westeros. As these four (or possibly FIVE according to some sources) upcoming scripts are currently being developed, fans still can't be certain of what stories they will tell next.
According to a recent report by Collider however, Game of Thrones producer and A Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. has revealed two potential television series concepts that the successor shows will NOT be dealing with. The man himself has even confirmed that he is playing a key role in the writing of the scripts.
"We’re not doing Dunk & Egg," said Martin. "Eventually, sure, I’d love that...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 offered an explanation for why one of the possibly five upcoming prequels won't feature his currently-in-progress novella series, which is centered around a young Aegon Targaryen V and his best friend Ser Duncan the Tall, for whom he squired as a youth.
"We all know how slow I am, and how fast a television show can move," Martin explained. "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 and Egg, then we’ll do a TV show about them… but that day is still a long ways off," Martin stated.
Martin went on to crush more potential plot rumours, "We’re not doing Robert’s Rebellion either," he said. "I know thousands of you want that, I know there’s a petition… but by the time I finish writing A Song of Ice and Fire, you will know every important thing that happened in Robert’s Rebellion." Clearly, the famed author has no intentions of diving further into the war that put House Baratheon on the iron throne.
Martin also stressed that the announcement that five new series featuring the World of Ice and Fire does not necessarily mean that all five concepts will be made into full-length shows.
"Decades of experience in television and film have taught me that nothing is ever really certain," Martin said. "But 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."
Despite Martin himself debunking many theories in the Game of Thrones rumour mill, there a still several tales that would make for a fantastic successor series. For now, HBO producers, the screenwriters already on board (Max Borenstein, Jane Goldman, Brian Helgeland, and Carly Wray), and Martin himself will take their time in crafting several meticulous and awe-inspiring stories that are sure to be worth far more than their weight in gold dragons.