Posted on Thursday, March 21st, 2013 by Angie Han
For all the hype and buzz Game of Thrones gets, it’s a little surprising to realize how little of our time we spend actually watching the show. Each season consists of a measly ten one-hour episodes, aired over ten weeks. And while those individual installments are jam-packed with drama and action, that still leaves 42 other weeks of the year with no Game of Thrones at all.
No doubt that means plenty of fans would be eager to spend a lot more time in Westeros if only they had the chance. And HBO is apparently considering giving it to them. In a recent interview, author George R.R. Martin revealed that there have been some talk about the possibility of a Game of Thrones prequel series, maybe based on his Dunk and Egg novellas. Hit the jump to read more.
At the recent Game of Thrones premiere event, IGN got to ask Martin about the other shows he was developing with HBO under his overall deal. While he kept things pretty vague for the most part (“I can’t spill them here on television, but they’ll be dramas”) he was able to chat about the possibility of a Game of Thrones prequel series.
Well, I have been writing for a number of years a series of novellas set in the same world, the world of Westeros, but a hundred years earlier, about two characters called Dunk and Egg. And I published three of those novellas, The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword, and The Mystery Knight, and I have in mind about nine or ten more novellas about the adventures of Dunk and Egg.
So we have been playing with the idea of doing those as prequels. They would be prequels, in a sense, they’re a hundred years earlier but in the same world. They’re somewhat lighter in tone than the main series, a little more adventurous. But my fans love them and I love the two characters too, and it all ties into Westeros history. So maybe that will be what we’ll do.
IGN made sure to clarify that Martin was talking about the prequels “in terms of a series,” to which he responded “Yeah. Yeah.” It’s not confirmation that a Dunk and Egg series will actually happen, but it’s interesting to see that HBO is even considering it. Would you watch a Game of Thrones prequel on HBO?