As the shortened seventh season of HBO’s Game of Thrones rapidly approaches, fans are beginning to realize that one of the most epic shows to ever grace the television screen will soon be over. The seventh season will have just seven episodes, and the eighth and final season will be even shorter, consisting of only six episodes to end the show.
Fans of the show shouldn’t be too worried as it has been previously reported that HBO has four scripts in the works for potential spinoffs to fill the void that will be left by Game of Thrones. Yesterday, Martin took to his ‘notablog’ live journal explaining all the details about what is going on over at HBO.
“What we do have here is an order for four -- now five -- pilot scripts. How many pilots will be filmed, and how many series might come out of that, remains to be seen.” said Martin.
So yes, it is true that HBO and Martin are working on a total of five scripts for possible spinoffs of Game of Thrones. However, Martin isn’t exactly ok with the term "spinoff."
“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.”
Martin has been working with the four writers (Max Borenstein, Jane Goldman, Brian Helgeland, and Carly Wray) hired by HBO to pen the scripts.
“They are all amazing talents, and I am excited to be working with them. In between visits, I've been in touch with them by phone, text, and email, and I expect there will be a lot more back-and-forth as we move forward.”
Martin confirmed none of the shows in development are being based on his novellas Dunk and Egg and that the rebellion of Robert Baratheon is not part of the discussion either.
“I know thousands of you want that, I know there's a petition... but by the time I finish writing A Song of Ice and Fire, you will know every important thing that happened in Robert's Rebellion."
With an unbelievably loyal fan base, the prospect of more stories set in the Game of Thrones universe is a win-win situation for fans and the network.
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SOURCE: George R.R. Martin