Game Of Thrones is nearing its end, but you can’t let a cash-behemoth like that stay dormant - there’s moolah to be made, bozo. So as we all know, there are a bunch of spin-offs in the works - keep flogging that horse, baby, flog it until it dies, then continue to flog it, flog that dead horse, don’t follow the rules!
As of today, right this minute, this very second, we know of one off-shoot, a prequel series written by Jane Goldman (Kingsman), set in the Age Of Heroes time period, which has now been ordered a pilot, but Martin has some bad news regarding the rest. In particular, the news that one of them has been canned.
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He says on his LiveJournal blog (oi George, the 1800s called, they want their blogging platform back):
“If you have been following along, you know that we started with four and eventually went to five.
“One of those has been shelved, I am given to understand, and of course Jane’s pilot is now moving to film. But that does not mean the others are dead. Three more GAME OF THRONES prequels, set in different periods and featuring different characters and storylines, remain in active development.
“Everything I am told indicates that we could film at least one more pilot, and maybe more than one, in the years to come. We do have an entire world and tens of thousands of years of history to play with, after all. But this is television, so nothing is certain.”
So good and bad news, probably. Bad because one is dead, but good because four are alive - one very alive - but you’ve got to take the rough with the smooth when it comes to Game Of Thrones, haven’t you?
Martin also extolled working with Jane Goldman on the ordered prequel:
“All of the news stories about the pilot being greenlit are slapping my own picture up there next to Jane’s, which is very flattering but also a little misleading…
“I’ve consulted with all of the writers on all of the successor shows, and several of them have visited me in Santa Fe for long days of discussion, and we’ve gone back and forth in email, text, and telephone, so I have definitely been involved… but really, the accolades here should go to Jane.
“She has been an absolute thrill to work with… and my God, what a talent.”
How exciting this all is, for Game Of Thrones fans - anyone else, well, you’ve got Love Island, haven’t you? A disturbing horror show full of evil characters set in a fantasy land where nobody wears many clothes - it might as well be a spin-off.