Top: Clarke and a dragon on Game of Thrones.
It’s no secret that HBO has significantly heightened the safety and secrecy of its ultimate season of Game of Thrones. That tight keep watch over additionally turns out to prolong to the display’s proposed spin-off, as writer George R.R. Martin himself discovered this week. Martin has been excitedly and understandably spreading the inside track concerning the upcoming deliberate spin-off, which will probably be run via Jane Goldman (in addition to every other possible collection which might be nonetheless within the works). But in his pleasure, he will have over-shared relatively on his private weblog.
While selling his upcoming Targaryen historical past ebook Fire & Blood, out later this month, Martin closely implied that one challenge within the works at HBO can be dragon-related. The writer was once then forced to ask for forgiveness and retract.
When commenting at the information that Naomi Watts would sign up for a yet-untitled Thrones prequel collection, Martin mistakenly recognized the display as having a identify: The Long Night. Though that’s what Martin has been informally calling the collection—and has been reasonably vocal that it’s what he would like it to be referred to as—he wrote this in a later submit: “HBO has informed me that the Jane Goldman pilot is not (yet) titled THE LONG NIGHT. That’s is certainly the title I prefer, but for the moment the pilot is still officially UNTITLED. So… mea culpa, mea culpa, mea culpa.”
By chastising Martin, HBO would possibly merely be attempting to exert keep watch over over when the identify of the impending prequel will probably be published. (The community is fond of a splashy disclose, finally.) Or HBO will have a extra franchise-friendly identify in thoughts. With the community determined to retain the huge viewing target audience from its flagship display, it wouldn’t marvel me if this prequel collection have been referred to as one thing like Game of Thrones: Origins. Hopefully, Martin can get what he desires in spite of everything—even supposing that one thing is Game of Thrones: The Long Night.
More intriguing than this naming snafu, alternatively, is the query of dragons. Before HBO spoke with Martin concerning the significance of secrecy, he teased this: “Meanwhile, there are still a couple of other possible prequels in active development. I can’t tell you the subject matter of those projects, no, sorry, wish I could. The readers among you might want to grab a copy of FIRE & BLOOD when it is released on November 20, though.” Martin didn’t technically disclose that one of the prospective Thrones spin-offs nonetheless within the works would middle at the dragon riders of his new ebook—however he indisputably implied it.
Yet HBO turns out to choose that we no longer take into consideration the truth that different collection are even nonetheless within the works. Speaking to newshounds previous this summer season on the Television Critics Association press excursion, HBO president of programming Casey Bloys stated emphatically:
There are [other prequel ideas] which might be just right, there are others that
don’t seem to be going ahead. But I don’t need to get into that in my opinion,
rather than to say that we’re fascinated about the pilot we’re capturing
and we’re simply in search of a director now, we’re simply casting. I don’t
believe there will probably be any longer task at the prequels till we see
how this is going. I’m no longer maintaining one again and we’re going to make an
announcement any time quickly.
Bloys did later inform The Hollywood Reporter that he was once open to multiple prequel collection going ahead: “I’ll do anywhere from zero to five! Though probably more likely one. But we’ll see.” The concept that no less than one of the ones different tasks must middle at the Targaryens is rarely innovative; the ones fire-breathing dragons are, of route, a large hit with audiences. In truth, some enthusiasts have been shocked to see that the display’s first spin-off idea will middle at the dragon-less technology of Westerosi historical past. But CGI dragons additionally don’t come reasonable, and it’s cheap to think that HBO wouldn’t need to gamble all its cash on a Targaryen-centric spin-off earlier than seeing what number of authentic Game of Thrones enthusiasts observe the franchise into its spin-offs.
Either manner, it is smart that Martin—who, naturally, additionally desires to promote copies of his personal ebook—would draw a hyperlink between no matter is brewing at HBO and the lavishly illustrated new quantity he’s striking out on November 20th. After listening to again from HBO, alternatively, Martin’s lips are sealed for now. “I could tell you more, but I am not supposed to. We also have a couple of other successor shows still in development, but I cannot tell you about those either. Sorry. . . Hush hush, it’s Hollywood, they like news to come through officially approved channels out there,” he wrote.