For Game of Thrones fans who have been wallowing in despair since the finale of season seven, here’s some great news! George R. R. Martin spilled the tea on the highly-anticipated GoT spin-off series in his recent blog post, offering fans an update we’re excited to share.
Between his newest update, and his initial statements on the potential spin-offs, here are seven things we know and the fans should know.
1. Brian Cogman will develop the fifth spin-off
Cogman is no stranger to Westeros. He joined the production team before the pilot even aired, working his way up from an assistant to showrunners David Benioff and D.B Weiss to supervising producer. According to Martin, Cogman wrote many episodes – more episodes than any other writer (with the exception of the Benioff and Weiss). His extensive familiarity with the show and its general tone is sure to make his spin-off more authentic.
2. You read that right, there are five spin-offs currently being produced
Each spin-off is being written by a different writer and is in varying stages of production. Before you get too excited, Martin acknowledged that it’s highly unlikely that all five will actually air. As is the standard procedure in TV, showrunners pitch scripts to the network who may or may not order pilots. If the pilot is successful, the network may order a full set of episodes.
“We could possibly see two or even three make it to the pilot stage, with one series emerging on air in 2019 or 2020…and the others maybe later, if they come out as well as we hope,” Martin said.
3. George R. R. Martin is super hands on
Martin has been working closely with all five writers, although he admitted that he works with “some more closely than others.” He is often co-creating the fifth series with Cogman with is pretty exciting. Martin’s collaboration ensures that the spin-off (or spin-offs) will be incredibly written and produced.
4. They will be prequels NOT sequels
Martin was very clear that the spin-offs won’t follow the further development of the characters and storylines we’ve grown used to, but will depict characters and events that pre-exist the current series.
5. Fans can expect to see an entirely new characters
When the news of the potential Game of Thrones spin-off broke earlier this year, Martin bluntly stated that fans shouldn’t expect to see current characters in the spin-off.
“None of these new shows will be ‘spinning off’ from GOT in the traditional sense…where characters from one show continue on to another. So all of you who were hoping for the further adventures of Hot Pie are doomed to disappointment,” he said.
Drats. While we will certainly miss the familiar faces we’ve come to love (or loathe with a firefly passion), new characters and storylines will offer a fresh fan experience.
6. There is a TON of material for writers to work with
Don’t be too upset that your favorite characters and storylines won’t be developed further in the spin-off. According to Martin, there is no shortage of ideas in which the writers can develop.
“HBO should have a wealth of material to choose from…there are eight mission stories in the naked city, and maybe ten times as many in Westeros and the lands beyond the narrow sea,” he said.
7. Here’s what you WON’T see in the series
One storyline Martin was very clear will be absent from the spin-off is Robert’s Rebellion. Though he acknowledged the yearning many fans have in seeing more about the event, it just won’t happen…on-screen that is. Though the TV adaptation is coming to an end, Martin is still working on the books that started it all. By the time the series is finished, Martin said, Robet’s Rebellion will be fully covered.
“There would be no surprises or revelations left in such a show, just the acting out of conflicts whose resolutions you already know. That’s not a story I want to tell just now; it would feel too much like a twice-told tale.”
Though Martin has kept mum on more of the specific details of the spin-offs (including the expected release dates, actors, and storylines), we’re pretty excited already!
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