Even though Games of Thrones will conclude after its eighth season next year, HBO is currently developing a whole mess of new shows set in Westeros. In a new Livejournal post, though, George R.R. Martin sheds new light on the five pilot scripts in the works, and explains why he doesn’t like calling the projects “spinoffs”.
For those who were holding out hope for a new series of adventures featuring the likes of Dunk & Egg or Robert’s Rebellion of Hot Pie’s Great Westeros Bake-Off, I have disappointing news for you. None of those stories are apparently coming to HBO any time soon for a couple of reasons. For one thing, Martin doesn’t want to be outpaced by a television show again, and while he’d love to see Dunk & Egg on the small screen at some point, he feels as if he still has a lot left in him to get on the page about them first.
“We all know how slow I am, and how fast a television show can move. I don’t want to repeat what happened with Game of Thrones itself, where the show gets ahead of the books,” Martin said. “When the day comes that I’ve finished telling all my tales of Dunk & Egg, then we’ll do a tv show about them… but that day is still a long ways off.”
Martin also added that while he knows that fans are interested in seeing Robert’s Rebellion, he’s confident that by the time he completes A Song of Ice and Fire with the Winds of Winter, we’ll know everything we could possibly want to.
With regards to the five pilot scripts HBO’s working on, Martin was careful to point out that five scripts don’t necessarily mean we should expect to see five new shows in the future, but rather that these are merely ideas in development. Martin added that he prefers to think of all of the projects as prequels and “successor shows” rather than spinoffs, a term he feels isn’t quite right.
“What we’re talking about are new stories set in the ‘secondary universe’ (to borrow Tolkien’s term) of Westeros and the world beyond, the world I created for A Song of Ice and Fire,” Martin wrote. “It is a world, and a pretty big one, and if there were eight million stories in the naked city back in the 50s, just think how many more there are in an entire world, and one with thousands of years of recorded history.”