Following the news of HBO ordering a pilot episode of a prequel to Game of Thrones and fans are *shook*.
So is George R. R. Martin, apparently.
Martin took to his blog, Not A Blog, to dispel some rumors, set the record straight as to what the prequel will entail, and to remind readers that Winds of Winter is still coming. Most importantly, he reassured fans that he won’t be writing the pilot episode and possible eventual series, but only consulting, saying:
And yes, before you ask, work on Winds of Winter continues, and remains my top priority. 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?
Given that Martin has been saying he’s been focusing on nothing but Winds of Winter, the novel could be finished anytime between tomorrow morning to the end of time, there really is no telling.
Along with the updates around the Winds of Winter completion and release, Martin assured fans that none of the characters featured in the Game of Thrones series will be appearing in the prequel. According to him, the untitled prequel will be set ten thousand years before Game of Thrones, making it impossible for any of the characters to be relevant or possible in this series.
As with most Martin projects, the end result comes out a lot later than everyone expected. Taking into consideration that the prequel project has no director, location, cast, or even a title, the pilot episode probably won’t be out for a good, long while.
Regardless of how long this new endeavor may take or what it will entail, fantasy and Martin fans rejoice.
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