No doubt the news of HBO expanding the universe of Game Of Thrones with more potential shows in the works is exciting to fans, but don't call them spinoffs. At least, don't call any of these projects a spinoff in front of author George R.R. Martin, who explains his distaste for the term in regards to future Game of Thrones stories, and sets the record straight on what we actually can expect.
For what it's worth, I don't especially like the term 'spinoff,' and I don't think it really applies to these new projects. What we're talking about are new stories set in the 'secondary universe' (to borrow Tolkien's term) of Westeros and the world beyond, the world I created for A Song of Ice and Fire. It is a world, and a pretty big one, and 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.
So writes George R.R. Martin on his personal blog, and he goes further into clarifying some details regarding the in-development scripts based off his Game Of Thrones universe. Martin disputed the reports that he was directly working with a mere two out of the four writers developing the follow-ups, and stated that he was actually working with all four mentioned writers, AND a fifth one. That fifth writer (who Martin wouldn't reveal but calls a fine writer) is working on proposed fifth pilot that really makes you wonder how deep this well can go. What fresh tales can we expect from the world of Westeros?
Judging from George R.R. Martin's first statement, many. That said, the loquacious author expresses that just because there are five writers making five pilots, it does not mean any or all of them will be produced. That makes sense, as I'm sure few expected HBO to become the Game Of Thrones network; but in case any of you were thinking we're getting five shows all at once, put that notion, and perhaps another popular speculative theory, to bed. Martin goes further, stating that Game Of Thrones fans should also not get too excited to see what happens following or preceding the conclusion of HBO's hit series. Instead, each proposed pilot is stated to be either a prequel or non-related story to the events of A Song Of Ice And Fire:
None of these new shows will be 'spinning off' from GOT in the traditional sense. We are not talking Joey or AfterMASH or even Frazier (sic) or Lou Grant, 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. Every one of the concepts under discussion is a prequel, rather than a sequel. Some may not even be set on Westeros. Rather than 'spinoff' or 'prequel,' however, I prefer the term 'successor show.' That's what I've been calling them.
In case you're wondering whether or not that excludes the prequel events of Robert's Rebellion, Martin explicitly states that particular Game Of Thrones prequel will not be made. It sounds as though the author is more concerned with creating new and original stories that'll continually expand his fantasy world, much like the Lord Of The Rings franchise has done with J.R.R Tolkien's source material. Considering the longevity of Tolkien's works, and how stories are still being spun off the originals to this day, branching outward appears to be a smart decision for Martin, as opposed to continuing the stories of the core cast of Game Of Thrones. I'm still a little bummed, though, as any hopes of seeing the entirety of Robert's Rebellion on the small screen are now slim to nil.
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