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George R.R. Martin Was Surprised to Learn HBO Had Four Game of Thrones Prequels in the Works

The Song of Ice and Fire author was taken by surprise to learn back in 2017 that HBO was forging ahead on multiple prequel series for its fantasy hit.

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The new book Tinderbox: HBO s Ruthless Pursuit of New Frontiers by journalist James Andrew Miller is the gift that keeps on giving for fans of HBO s Game of Thrones. The book features extensive interviews with author George R.R. Martin about the beloved fantasy series that ended in 2019  but has a raft of prequels and spinoffs coming down the pipeline. The world of Westerns is returning to HBO in the new year with the prequel series House of the Dragon  and that not at all. Just this week news broke that Steve Conrad has been hired as the writer and executive producer of a second spinoff series titled Dunk & Egg. There are also reports that HBO is in development on two animated series set in the Thrones universe. And according to the book back in 2017, Martin was surprised to learn just how many prequels HBO had in the cards. Via Insider.

In the book Tinderbox  Martin told Miller that he spoke to HBO about two successor shows circa 2017 knowing that they d need a new show runner as he was still working on the A Song of Ice and Fire book series. The upcoming Winds of Winter is being eyed for a late 2023 release.Then  suddenly found out that they had put four prequels in motion  Martin said. The Dance of the Dragons idea was just one of them. And the other three were ideas that had come from other people who I guess had read my books or had some of the documents at HBO. Martin apparently suggested the Dance of the Dragons Idea which centers on a civil war amid the Tar gar yen family and originated in Fire and Blood  as a series concept along with the Dunk and Egg novellas. They didn’t like the Dunk and Egg idea because they were familiar with the novellas somebody there had read them  but it was too soft  Martin said. But they did respond to the Dance of the Dragons idea. Then Martin was surprised to learn that HBO had four writers and we suddenly had four shows in development.

It surprised me  I’ll admit that he said. I d never heard of that before. I thought we d be going ahead with one with one development with the one that I pitched to them the Dance of the Dragons idea.It can be tricky to keep track of just how many Game of Thrones prequels and spinoffs are in the works. Among those to get scrapped was the first to be announced dating back to May 2017. According to Tinderbox Martin was on the road when news of the prequels broke.I met with all four of the writers Martin said, according to the book. They came to Santa Fe New Mexico where I lived and I had meetings with them, discussed their idea, did workshops tried to fill them in on any questions and all that. For now the only prequel that s a sure bet is the upcoming  10 episode  House of the Dragon. Its created by Colony  show runner Ryan Condal and Emmy winning Game of Thrones  director Miguel Sapochnik.

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