Bummed that "Game of Thrones" is coming to an end? Don't be.
Apparently, HBO is working on not one, not two, but three spinoffs of the wildly popular show.
GeorgeR.R. Martin, an author of Game of Thrones and executive producer of the HBO series based on the fantasy novels, wrote in his official blog lately that three GoT “successors shows”—hedislikes the term “spinoffs”—are“moving forward nicely.”
George R. R. Martin (wearing cap), whose novel "A Song of Ice and Fire" is the basis for Game of Thrones, poses backstage with cast and crew after winning the 2018 Outstanding Drama Series Emmy award for the television series. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo
This is good news for fans of the decade-long television juggernaut, which after Sunday’sepisode will be over halfway through its final season. In 2017, Martin said that there would be five GoT spinoff/successors developed by HBO, but we learned last month that one of these—a rumoured prequel from one of the show’s main scriptwriters, Bryan Cogman—had been nixed.
As for the three green-lighted successors, Martin writes that “the one I am not supposed to call THE LONG NIGHT will be shooting later this year, and two other shows remain in the script stage but are edging closer.”Indeed, the so-called LongNight, a prequel, has already been cast.
TheHollywood Reporter and other outlets are reporting that two-time Academy Award nominee NaomiWatts has been tapped to star in HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel series. Watts will reportedly lead an ensemble cast, playing “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.”
NaomiWatts arrives at the Armani show during the Milan Fashion Week in Milan, Italy February 23, 2019. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
While little is known about the prequel series’ plot, HBO has teased that it will cause fans to rethink what they already know about the “horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history” and “the true origin of the White Walkers.”
As for the content of the other two, Martin suggested that “maybe some of you should pick up a copy of FIRE& BLOOD and come up with your own theories.”According to Deadline, Fire& Blood became a New York Times bestseller after it was published last year. It takes place 300 years before the events of the current Game of Thrones and chronicles events around House Targaryen following the Doom of Valyria.
HBO has long been clear that it wants to maximize the mojo that is GoT.
"Inthe press at large, everybody said, 'there are four spinoffs' and they assume that means each one is happening and we're going to have a new Game of Thrones show per quarter," HBO programming president Casey Bloys told EW two years ago.
"That'snot what's going on. The idea is not to do four shows. The bar set by[Benioff and Weiss] is so high that my hope is to get one show that lives up to it."
It remains to be seen how many of GoT’sspinoffs come to fruition. But we have our fingers crossed thatMartin will have time to conclude his A Song of Ice and Fire series—theinspiration for the current Game of Thrones show—whichsaw its last instalment in 2011, and has yet to be completed.