George R.R. Martin Teases ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Won’t Affect This 1 Other Story

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Game of Thrones might be coming to an end, but there are many spinoffs in the works. There are reports that as many as four are being worked on by HBO. The series’ author, George R.R. Martin has reportedly been involved in this process as well, and he has been trying to keep television and book fans in the loop.

Martin wrote in a blog post that adapting one prequel won’t affect his ability to finish Winds of Winter with “work on Winds of Winter continues, and remains my top priority.” He also talked about where he is in the adapting process.

We’re very early in the process, of course, with the pilot order just in, so we don’t have a director yet, or a cast, or a location, or even a title,” the writer wrote. He went on to say he wants the title to be The Long Night “which says it all, but I’d be surprised if that’s where we end up.”

The writer previously had to defend his decision to work on the upcoming television adaptations despite the fact he hasn’t finished the sixth book in the Game of Thrones series or his series focused on the Targaryen family, Fire and Blood.

He announced on his blog, “Whether Winds or the first volume of Fire and Blood will be the first to hit the bookstores is hard to say at this juncture, but I do think you will have a Westeros book from me in 2018 … and who knows, maybe two. A boy can dream.”

When an angry fan said the books should be a priority, Martin responded, “I am not sure HBO would agree that the spinoffs (I prefer the term ‘successor shows’ myself) could have waited.” He continued, “With GOT set to end in 2019, they put five of them in the works, so as to have a new show… or more than one… to take up the mantle in 2020. (Development takes time).”

Developing the spinoffs haven’t been easy. It was recently reported that HBO dropped one of the five spinoff series. Martin claimed it was “shelved” and wrote in his blog “three more Game of Thrones prequels, set in different periods and featuring different characters and storylines, remain in active development.” He then clarified that at least one more should be in development as well.

This isn’t the first time Game of Thrones struggled in the early development process. The hit television series had a pilot before that basically was scrapped and had to be done over again. “Apparently the pilot was fairly bad. We had to reshoot basically all of it because it was really bad,” Sophie Turner said at the show’s premiere of Season 4. “We thought it was great [but] apparently HBO almost said no [to the series].”

So this could be a sign that production knows what it’s doing and isn’t just throwing anything out there to cash in on the series’ huge fanbase. Time will tell on what they eventually settle on and when we can expect a new series.

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