Game of Thrones fans have been given a clearer idea of what to expect from HBO’s big spin-off plans for the show, with author George R.R. Martin taking to LiveJournal to spill the beans of the highly-anticipated projects.
HBO previously revealed plans for as many as four different Game of Thrones spin-offs, with four major writers recruited to help work on the projects.
Film writers Max Borenstein and Brian Helgeland, who are perhaps best known for penning the scripts to Minority Report and LA Confidential respectively, are both thought to be working on projects independently of Martin.
Meanwhile, Mad Men writer Carly Wray and Kingsman scribe Jane Goldman, wife of Jonathan Ross, have both been recruited to collaborate with Martin on a further two projects.
So what form will the new spin-offs take? Fortunately, Martin was able to make a few things clear during a lengthy post on Live Journal – here are the five biggest revelations
No Sequels Planned
Arguably the biggest revelation came with Martin’s assurances that all of the ideas in development are officially prequels.
“So all of you who were hoping for the further adventures of Hot Pie are doomed to disappointment,” he writes.
In fact, the spin-offs may focus on entirely new characters existing in the same world as Game of Thrones, meaning a return for many fan favourites looks unlikely. In fact, the focus could be away from Westeros entirely.
“If there were eight million stories in the naked city back in the 50s, just think how many more there are in an entire world, and one with thousands of years of recorded history,” Martin notes.
No Dunk And Egg
Alas, one potential spin-off idea regularly floated by hardcore fans of the show has been shot down by Martin who claims Dunk and Egg will not be the focus of a new spin-off.
A synopsis of what the series would entail was even posted by WinterIsComing.net:
“The Tales of Dunk and Egg tell the story of Duncan the Tall, a hedge knight down on his luck when he meets Aegon V Targaryen, the youngest son of the royal family. More free to do what he wants with his time than his older brothers, Aegon takes to wandering around tournaments and going as a bald little boy named Egg. The two have many adventures together, most of which end with Dunk clouting Egg in the ear.”
It was widely assumed that the pair would be the focus of a series, given that Martin is in the process of writing a series of novellas about the pair.
Martin is having none of it though. “We’re not doing Dunk & Egg,” he writes, citing the fact that he’s only written three of the planned 11 novellas focusing on the pair.
“We all know how slow I am, and how fast a television show can move. I don’t want to repeat what happened with Game of Thrones itself, where the show gets ahead of the books.”
No Robert’s Rebellion
More disappointing, however, is the news that there will be no spin-off focusing on the events of Robert’s Rebellion, an exciting time in the history of Westeros.
Again, WinterIsComing.net offered up the following:
“The events that lead up to the current Game of Thrones timeline are known as Robert’s Rebellion. Mad King Aerys Targaryen was going crazy, and wanted to have young Ned Stark and his friend Robert Baratheon killed. Meanwhile, Aerys’ son Rhaegar absconded with Lyanna Stark, Ned’s sister and Robert’s intended, thus inciting Robert’s legendary wrath.”
Unfortunately the series is unlikely to happen with Martin explaining that the final two series of Game of Thrones are likely to feature plenty of scenes covering that particular section of the series’ fictional history.
“By the time I finish writing A Song of Ice and Fire, you will know every important thing that happened in Robert’s Rebellion,” Martin says.
A Fifth Spin-Off
Possibly the most surprising revelation from Martin’s post came with the suggestion that a fifth spin-off could be in the works.
The Game of Thrones scribe revealed a fifth pitch had been added to the mix, though he remained tight-lipped on the identity of the writer involved.
“He’s a really terrific addition,” Martin said. “A great guy and a fine writer, and aside from me and maybe Elio and Linda, I don’t know anyone who knows and loves Westeros as well as he does.”
You Win Or You Die
Despite revealing that there are now five projects in the mix to become Game of Thrones spin-offs, Martin was also keen to stress that it’s highly unlikely that all of the projects would see the light of day.
With the world of TV notoriously ruthless in this respect, he noted that while five ideas were in circulation, one or maybe even two could end up never seeing the light of day.