You knew this was going to happen. After seven seasons of the Seven Kingdoms that spawned almost as many possible prequels, another dragon is officially hatching at HBO.
The fifth prequel concept that will be riding into battle with the four previously announced will be conjured by Game of Thrones screenwriter and co-executive producer Brian Cogman, who has been involved in the epic series since Season 1. His episodes include "The Broken Man," which introduced the steel-hearted Lyanna Mormont in Season 6, and Season 7’s tumultuous "Stormborn."
“I don’t know anyone who knows and loves Westeros as well as he does,” George R.R. Martin told Variety back in May when he first sent a raven to announce he recruited Cogman. That would be anyone besides Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire experts Elio Garcia and Linda Antonsson, and (of course) himself.
Cogman will be swearing an oath of prequels only, no spinoffs, next to Kong: Skull Island’s Max Borenstein, Jane Goldman of Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Carly Wray of Mad Men and The Leftovers, and Legend’s Brian Helgeland.
While any further details lurk beyond the Wall, Martin has killed off a few fan theories. Besides there being no spinoffs, which means any fantasy ‘ships that don’t come to pass in the series will forever stay in the realm of fanfiction, none of the current cast will reappear in any of these prequels, so don’t expect a Jon Snow sideshow. He’s also issued a royal decree that Duncan the Tall and Aegon the unlikely (aka Dunk & Egg) will not rule over any of these potential series. Neither will Robert’s Rebellion.
“We’re not doing Dunk & Egg. Eventually, sure, I’d love that, and so would many of you. But I’ve only written and published three novellas to date, and there are at least seven or eight or ten more I want to write,” Martin, who prefers “successor show” to “prequel” and hinted at some of these not even taking place on Westeros, also told Variety. “We’re not doing Robert’s Rebellion either…but by the time I finish writing ‘A Song of Ice & Fire,’ you will know every important thing that happened in Robert’s Rebellion.”
Meanwhile, The Winds of Winter is still nowhere to be seen.