The original ‘Game of Thrones’ will come to an end with just two more episodes but George R.R. Martin says there’s plenty more in the works…
HBO wants to stay in the ‘Game of Thrones’ business so it’s not exactly a shock that the network is developing several potential spinoffs from the original series that comes to an end in two weeks.
A new pilot for the first ‘Game of Thrones’ spinoff is expected to start production on the pilot episode in June and if all goes well, it’s likely the show will be picked up to series.
The ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel takes place thousands of years before the events in the current series and it 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.”
Martin originally teased the prequel as ‘The Long Night’, which is a reference to the period of time in Westeros history when the White Walkers first invaded and an entire generation was born, lived and died during the darkness of winter without ever seeing the sun.
While there were numerous ‘Game of Thrones’ spinoffs in the works, this was the only series that was picked up to pilot but Martin says don’t fret just yet because despite rumors to the contrary, there are still several more projects still being developed.
“Don’t believe everything you read. Internet reports are notoriously unreliable,” Martin said on his personal blog. “We have had five different GAME OF THRONES successor shows in development (I mislike the term “spinoffs”) at HBO, and three of them are still moving forward nicely.
“The one I am not supposed to call THE LONG NIGHT will be shooting later this year, and two other shows remain in the script stage, but are edging closer. What are they about? I cannot say. But maybe some of you should pick up a copy of FIRE & BLOOD and come up with your own theories.”
Martin’s hint about ‘Fire and Blood’ is referencing his latest novel, which tells the history of the Targaryen dynasty all the way up to Aegon III Targaryen taking the Iron Throne. Aegon III started his reign approximately 150 years before the events in ‘Game of Thrones’ so there’s plenty of territory to cover with that book.
Let the guessing games begin on which stories Martin is referencing in relation to potential ‘Game of Thrones’ spinoffs but it definitely appears that more than one series could be on the way.
‘Game of Thrones’ will wrap up its historic run on HBO with the final two episodes airing on May 12 and May 19.