Yes, we give you permission to squeal with excitement – and weep over the fact that George R. R. Martin is probably going to kill off your favorite characters. As always.
Two weeks ago, rumors began to circulate over the prospect of four new Game of Thrones TV shows. But of course, we didn’t want to speculate and get our readers hyped up over something that wasn’t true, so we refrained ourselves from posting about it (because, y’know, fake news and all that.)
But we can now confirm it’s ACTUALLY HAPPENING. Well, kinda.
Being an odd-yet-brilliant man, George R. R. Martin took to the unusual realm of LiveJournal to address the rumors and to set them straight once and for all. And if you want to spend the next fifteen minutes reading what he has to say, click here. If you want a brief rundown – keep reading.
Here’s everything you need to know.
The new shows won’t be spin-offs
Yep, Martin makes that pretty darn clear. He’s said;
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.
Instead, these new shows (he’s now confirmed that there will be FIVE of them. Oh em gee!) will stand alone by themselves, with all new characters and storylines, but still be set in the original world of Game of Thrones. He’s even hinted at the idea that a few of the shows might not even be set in Westeros at all (so somewhere in Essos or Sothoryos maybe?).
Two of the most popular theories won’t be happening
When these rumors started to escalate, many fans were hoping for two different ideas. One idea, ‘Dunk and Egg’ followed the lives of Ser Duncan the Tall and Egg, his squire on their adventures – and fans were getting pretty excited about this prospect. But, like always, Martin has broken our dreams and has confirmed that no such thing will be happening. He has also confirmed that the new shows won’t feature another popular storyline, ‘Robert’s Rebellion’ – the story of Robert Baratheon’s quest to take the Iron Throne alongside Ned Stark (we have to be honest, we kinda love the idea of this story). He has said, however, that once A Song of Ice and Fire is finished, we will know all we need to about this storyline.
He’s not working alone
George R. R. Martin has also confirmed that he’s enlisted the help of some of the best writers in the business to create concepts for the new shows. Joining the elusive Game of Thrones team are the likes of Jane Goldman, Brian Helgeland, Max Borenstein, and Carly Wray – and it seems they’re eager to get on with the work, but of course, stopping for a bit of fun too. Martin has said;
When we weren’t drinking margaritas and eating chili Rellenos and visiting Meow Wolf… in between visits, I’ve been in touch with them by phone, text, and email.
We want in on that party.
There may or may not be five shows
Although George R. R. Martin is due to create five new concepts for the shows, this doesn’t mean all five of them will be picked up by producers. Or they might. Who knows? We’re hoping for the latter…
Yes, he’s still working on his next book
It seems like we’ve been waiting for AGES for Winds of Winter but he’s addressed this in his post too;
I AM STILL WORKING ON WINDS OF WINTER and will continue working on it until it’s done. I will confess, I do wish I could clone myself, or find a way to squeeze more hours into the day, or a way to go without sleep. But this is what it is, so I keep on juggling.
Well, you just keep juggling, George!