Game of Thrones prequel

Update: George R.R. Martin has provided a few more updates about this series on his blog, and you can read the relevant portions at the bottom of this article.

Current Game of Thrones writer and producer Bryan Cogman has a live-action movie adaptation of The Sword in the Stone in the works and a film based on Magic: The Gathering on his plate, but it looks like he’s not finished with the world of ice and fire quite yet. Word has surfaced that Cogman is officially developing a fifth Game of Thrones prequel series for HBO. Read More »

Winds of Winter Release Date

Update: You know it’s easy to get your wires crossed when you read things on the internet? Well, it happens to the best of us. Anyway, it turns out that George R.R. Martin does watch Game of Thrones – he’s just behind on the current season.

Our original story, which also includes a nutty conspiracy theory that you should read about anyway, continues below.

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Now that Game of Thrones has sped long past where A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin last left us with A Dance With Dragons, Martin has admitted that he no longer watches the show. Or, at least, the seventh season.

It’s not out of spite for the show making different choices with his characters than he — though Martin has long held a grudge against fan fiction of his work — but because he simply doesn’t have time. Martin is chipping away at his thousand-page sixth novel in the Song of Ice and Fire series, and it’s taking all of his Sunday nights to get it done. Although there’s an interesting conspiracy floating around that Martin may or may not be already done with The Winds of Winter.

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Game of Thrones final season

When it comes to Game of Thrones prequels, “everything is on the table” at the moment. When asked if one could be a limited series, that was HBO programming president Casey Bloys‘ response – if a great idea would work as a limited series, they’ll make a limited series. Of course, HBO is hoping to make a prequel that’ll last more than a season. Right now, their primary focus is season 7 and 8 of Game of Thrones, but Bloys cleared the air a little on the prequels. He also shed some light on the eighth and final season of the hit series, which is supposedly so large in scope it might take well over a year to produce and may not air until 2019.

Below, learn more about the Game of Thrones prequel plans.

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game of thrones season 7 tormund

First of all, A Song of Ice and Fire creator George R.R. Martin wants us to know that there aren’t four Game of Thrones spin-offs in the works at HBO. There are five. Second of all, he wants us to know that they aren’t “spin-offs,” as they will not involve any character introduced in the first series. Third of all, he promises that he’s still working on that sixth book. For real.

While we’ll take umbrage with Martin’s definition of spin-off (the phrase has evolved to mean any kind of television follow-up!), the whole blog post where he talks about the spin-offs, his involvement in each and every one of them, and their place on the Game of Thrones timeline is good, enlightening, and very entertaining stuff.

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George RR Martin Marvel Comics Letter

Today we know George R.R. Martin as the man who created the sprawling, epic, fantasy world of Westeros for Game of Thrones. The author is currently working on the sixth book in his series A Song of Ice and Fire, on which the HBO series is based, but a little while back, he took some time to do some interview segments for History Channel’s new documentary series Superheroes Decoded, which premiered last night. There he revealed that a letter he wrote to Marvel Comics was the catalyst for his entire writing career.

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Game of Thrones prequel

2017 is shaping up to be quite a year for A Song of Ice and Fire fans. HBO’s Game of Thrones will return this summer for its penultimate season; the sixth novel, titled The Winds of Winter, may actually be near the finish line; and now author George R.R. Martin has revealed that a new short story titled “The Sons of the Dragon” will be released to fill in gaps in Westeros’ increasingly complex history.

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Game of Thrones season 6 blooper reel

It’s been a year since George R.R. Martin offered an update on the sixth novel in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, the source material for HBO’s Game of Thrones. Since then, the television adaptation has sprinted past the events of the books, taking fans into unexplored territory far beyond the events of A Dance With Dragons, which was published back in 2011. And since the last update essentially amounted to “the next book isn’t coming out soon,” maybe we can take comfort in Martin’s new update, which amounts to “Maybe this year?”

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game of thrones illustrated edition images

Like anyone with a problem, I blindly pre-ordered the upcoming A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition a few months ago despite already owning several copies of George R.R. Martin‘s fantasy masterpiece. What can I say? I have an unhealthy addiction to all things Westeros. But now that preview images from this fancy schmancy new edition have begun to arrive online, I’m starting to feel less guilty about pulling the trigger so early. This book looks lovely, offering a look at the Seven Kingdoms and its characters that are more in line with Martin’s text than the massively popular HBO series it inspired.

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Wild Cards

HBO recently confirmed that Game of Thrones has just two seasons left to go, but if it’s any comfort, fans of George R.R. Martin can look forward to seeing more of his stories on the small screen. The author has announced that his long-running anthology series Wild Cards is now in development for television, with Star Trek: The Next Generation writer/producer Melinda M. Snodgrass and RED producer Gregory Noveck. Read More »

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Spoilers for Game of Thrones season 6 immediately follow.

Game of Thrones season finales tend to be packed to the brim with important reveals and exciting business, but “The Winds of Winter” was more stuffed with important details than just about any other episode in the entire series thus far. Among the many, many enormous things that happened, we learned the truth about Jon Snow’s parentage. And while this has been a long-discussed theory amongst book readers for many years, it seems like series author George R.R. Martin quietly hinted at it over a decade ago. You can never accuse this guy of not playing the long game.

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