George RR Martin “surprised” about four ‘Game Of Thrones’ prequels

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The writer was shocked by the show HBO was working on

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Author George R.R. Martin has admitted he was surprised to hear about the number game of Thrones TV spin-offs that were in the works.

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author – whose a song of Ice and Fire The book series that served as the basis for the hit HBO series, which ended in 2019 — has revealed in a new book that they started discussions about a successor show by 2017.

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Talking to James Andrew Miller Tinderbox: HBO’s merciless pursuit of New Frontiers, Martin revealed that he had spoken to HBO about “two successor shows” at the time, and knew he needed a showrunner—though he was still busy writing the book series.


Martin suggested the story Dance of the Dragons, which follows the Targaryen family’s civil war as well. dunk and egg Novel stories, in the form of possible ideas.

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen. credit: HBO

“Then I suddenly found out that they had four prequels in motion,” he recalled (via) insider) “The Dragon Dance idea was one of them. And the other three were ideas that came from other people I think had read my books or who had some HBO documents.”

Martin said: “He didn’t like the idea of ​​Dunk and Egg because he was familiar with the novels – someone had read them – but it was too soft. But he did respond to the idea of ​​Dance of the Dragons.”

The writer said that he “hired four writers and we suddenly had four shows in development,” which took him by surprise.

“It shocked me, I’ll admit it,” he continued. “I’d never heard of it before. I thought we’d go ahead with one, with a development I pitched to them, the Dancing of the Dragons idea.”


George RR Martin pictured in 2019. credit: Amy Sussman / Getty Images

Martin also revealed that he was “on the road” when HBO announced in 2017 that four series were in the works.

“I met all four writers,” he explained. “They came to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where I lived, and I held meetings with them, discussed their ideas, did workshops, tried to fill in any questions they had and all that.”

HBO currently has dragon house Spin-off line up, based on Martin’s 2018 book fire and blood And Targaryen describes the events leading up to the Civil War.

Broadcaster is also moving forward dunk and egg The show, which will be written and executive produced by Steve Conrad, is also said to be working on several unconfirmed spin-offs, including three animated series.

Previously, an untitled spin-off starring Naomi Watts filmed a pilot before ending in late 2019, and reportedly cost more than $30 million (£22.5million) to make.

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