George RR Martin Gives Several Game Of Thrones Prequel Updates, And One For Winds Of Winter
While Game of Thrones may have ended on HBO in 2019, the fantasy franchise just continues to bear fruit. This is almost entirely due to the many spin-offs that WarnerMedia is developing. In fact, there are so many works in the works at the moment that it can be difficult to keep track of them.
Thankfully, franchise creator and A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin has provided an update on just about everything Thrones-related, including the long-awaited novel The Winds of Winter. And no, don’t get your hopes up yet.
Martin spoke about the progress of several projects in post on his blog, sharing a mixture of what we know, confirmed rumors, and news that should get you a little excited. For simplicity, we will break it down into sections. With so many titles in the game, this is honestly the only way to stay remotely consistent.
“House of the Dragon” will be the first spin-off of the franchise that viewers will see. According to Martin, production on the first season of the series has been completed in London and is now being edited together. “What I saw I liked,” he wrote. “I really want to see more.”
This live-action series was previously known as Nine Journeys, but according to Martin, the title was changed “because we wanted to avoid two shows with numbers in the title.” This series about Corlis Velaryon – the head of House Velaryon in the novels – is currently in the pilot phase. Bruno Heller (Gotham, Rome) is writing the script.
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This is another show with a number in the title. According to Martin, showrunner Amanda Siegel (Helstrom, The Mist) produced several drafts of the pilot script. “We are moving forward,” says the author.
Knight of the Seven Kingdoms
The Dunk & Egg series was discussed. There is also a number in the title. Why not call it Dunk & Egg? According to Martin, it can be confused with a sitcom. The problem is that a sitcom set in the world of Game of Thrones sounds great. Regardless, the series’ first season will be an adaptation of Dunk & Egg’s first novel, “The Hedge Knight,” which Martin says some members want to call the series as a whole.
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms features Steve Conrad (Ultra City Smiths) as showrunner. It’s not yet known when the pilot can be ordered, but Martin says he and his team met with Conrad.
An animated show is also in development, and possibly more. The only project he was able to discuss is currently called the “Golden Empire”. The series is set in Yi Ti, a nation in Essos in the novels. “We also have a great young screenwriter and I think the art and animation will be just fine,” said Martin. “I would tell you more if I could. I don’t think I can say a word about other animated shows. Not yet”.
Now, with the exception of House of the Dragon, none of these projects have been commissioned into series, and chances are that not all of them will ever see the light of day. However, Game of Thrones fans might be interested in learning about all of these possibilities. But what about books?
Winds of Winter
All Martin would say is that work on the novel is ongoing, although in 2021 he was able to do less than he would like due to his busy schedule.
“Yes, of course, I’m still working on The Wind of Winter,” he said. “I have stated that a hundred times in a hundred places, repeating it endlessly is just tiring. I’ve made a lot of progress with Winds in 2020 and less in 2021…but “less” doesn’t mean “nothing”. “
Novels about Dank and Egg
As the Dunk & Egg show continues to evolve, Martin also plans to finish his Dunk & Egg stories.
Fire and Blood, Vol. 2
First of all, it could be a name change to Blood & Fire, dropping Vol. 2 completely. Martin says he has written “a couple of hundred pages” of the book, but he still has a lot to do.
As for more immediate projects, according to the author, an illustrated and condensed version of “Fire and Blood” will be released later this year.