Monday 23 April 2018

I'd love to do Game of Thrones spin-off series if HBO is interested - author George RR Martin

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys in a scence from 'Game of Thrones'. Photo: HBO
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys in a scence from 'Game of Thrones'. Photo: HBO
Danaerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones

Oscar Moloney

With the sixth season of HBO’s hit series, Game of Thrones, approaching there has been much talk of various spin-offs of the show.

“Would I love the show to go 10 years as both a fan and a network executive? Absolutely,” HBO President Michael Lambardo has said.

While show creator Dan Weiss has said that if they “try to push” past their planned 13 more episodes after the sixth season, they fear that Game of Thrones “falls apart and loses its heat”.

They seem to be searching for quality, rather than quantity.

I am sure my fellow fans would agree that a smaller number of episodes of high quality is preferred to numerous lower quality episodes - this still leaves the topic of spin-offs open for discussion.

George R.R. Martin, the author and creator of the world of Game of Thrones, has said that there are “a whole world of stories, waiting to be told” if HBO is interested in continuing the saga of A Game of Thrones beyond the planned seven books.

The author has said that “there is certainly no lack of material”, if HBO decides to make a Game of Thrones spin-off, suggesting that the “most natural follow-up” once the saga of A Song of Ice and Fire ends would be to adapt his Dunk and Egg stories.

These stories follow the chivalrous adventures of Dunk (Ser Duncan the Tall) and his squire Egg (who would become King Aegon V Targaryen of Westeros). And would be best made into “two-hour stand-alone movie s for television” rather than “an ongoing weekly series”.

Martin has wanted to move these stories to television for a while now but, there is one small problem.

“HBO, when acquiring the rights to the Song of Ice and Fire novels, also acquired film and television rights to the world of Westeros. So if we did Dunk & Egg with anyone else, we would need to remove all the references to House Targaryen, the Iron Throne, etc.,”

Another reason as to why a Dunk & Egg series might not be likely to happen at HBO.

Show creators, Weiss and Benioff have said that they have no intention in dabbling in Game of Thrones sequels, prequels, or spin-offs.

Lombardo, when he originally mentioned the possibility of a spin-off, said: “What I’m not going to do is have a show continue past where the creators believe where they feel they’ve finished with the story.” Knowing that Weiss and Benioff are not interested, Lombardo has doubled down on his original statement.

With this, it seems that it is unlikely that a spin-off series won’t reach a digital format just yet but we can still hope for the future.

Game of Thrones will return to our screens on April 24 on Sky Atlantic at 9pm.

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