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George R.R. Martin drops new details about Game of Thrones prequel, gives an update on Winds of Winter

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Jun 11, 2018

As has been previously reported, HBO has given the green light to a pilot for the first of several prospective Game of Thrones prequels. Today, series author George R.R. Martin weighed in on the news on his blog, and fleshed out a little more information. 

He reiterates that the showrunner of the new prequel will be Jane Goldman, who also wrote the pilot after developing it with him. He is quick to point out that "what we have here is a pilot order, not as yet a series order." He hopes that a full order will follow, but it's best not to count every egg before they hatch. 

He also clarifies that none of the Game of Thrones characters will appear in it. Though the main show will wrap up next year, Westeros and its long history isn't going anywhere for the time being — just don't expect to see Arya, Tyrion, Gendry's rowboat, or Samwell's bedpans. 

After mentioning that this is only one of a few successor shows that are being developed, he confirms again that all of these shows are prequels. The one that is going to pilot, however, really "puts the PRE in prequel" according to Martin, because it will take place around 10,000 years before the events of Game of Thrones. Though they don't have a director, cast, or location yet, Martin does say that he has a title that he likes, that he doubts will end up being used — The Long Night

This would support a theory posited when the prequel news came in, that the new show will involve the story of the Long Night, which is an event that is referenced a few times on the television show and many, many times in the books. Aside from doubting that they will use that title, Martin is fairly sure that HBO will want to work the "Game of Thrones" title in there somewhere. The Long Night: A Game of Thrones Story it is, then! 

Martin goes on to write about how Jane Goldman (both Kingsman movies, Stardust, Kick-Ass) is the real fire behind this new show, and that the news surrounding it has continually posted his photo instead of hers. Here's a photo of the Jane Goldman, also known as the Queen in the North. 

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We got an update about the other prequel shows as well, which are all still in development, according to Martin. He points out how they started with four potential shows, before that got bumped up to five. One was reportedly turned down, and one is now moving to the pilot phase. That leaves three prequels, and Martin describes that they are "set in different periods" and contain "different characters and storylines." They remain in "active development," and he indicates that they "could film at least one more pilot, and maybe more than one, in the years to come." That's a whole lot of Westeros, but as he also mentions that "this is television, so nothing is certain." 

What, we ask you, would a post about George R.R. Martin be without an update of some kind on The Winds of Winter, aka the long-awaited sixth book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series that this entire budding television empire is based on? In case you were thinking that Prequel Storm 2018 is the kiss of death for that book, Martin makes it clear that the reason he isn't writing any of these pilots directly is that the work trudges forward. 

As he says, "Work on Winds of Winter continues, and remains my top priority.  It is ridiculous to think otherwise. If I wasn’t busy with Winds, don’t you think I’d be scripting one or more of these pilots myself?  It’s not as if I’ve never written for TV." 

Martin personally wrote one Thrones episode for the first four seasons, before scaling back and focusing on the book. Other numerous TV credits of his include 15 episodes of the Ron Perlman Beauty and the Beast TV show. 

So... it seems that The Winds of Winter is still going to blow our way at some point. We wouldn't place any bets on when, but we really can't wait to find out if Jon Snow is really dead. What a cliffhanger! We may be seeing the first episode of this prequel show before we see the book, but whether it's something we read or something we watch, we can hopefully trust Martin when he says "some good stuff is coming." 

Are you excited about this prequel series? Do you think you'll ever hold The Winds of Winter in your hands? Are you secretly hoping that one of these spin-off shows features nothing but Tim Gunn describing the history of The Tattered Prince's clothes? Let us know in the comments. 

(via Not a Blog)