Game of Thrones Spinoff Fifth Writer

Game of Thrones Author: HBO Is Entertaining a Fifth (?!) Spinoff

The night is dark and full of ways to keep exploring the Game of Thrones-verse: According to book series author George R. R. Martin, HBO has five writers — not four, as previously reported — working on possible spinoffs of the premium cabler’s fantasy drama.

“We had four scripts in development when I arrived in L.A. last week, but by the time I left we had five,” Martin wrote in a blog post Sunday. “We have added a fifth writer to the original four.”

In early May, HBO confirmed that it had deals with four writers — Carly Wray (Mad Men), Jane Goldman (X-Men), Brian Helgeland (Mystic River) and Max Borenstein (Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island) — to “explore different time periods of Martin’s vast and rich universe. There is no set timetable for these projects. We’ll take as much or as little time as the writers need and, as with all our development, we will evaluate what we have when the scripts are in.”

Martin declined to name the fifth writer, only saying that the scribe is male, “a really terrific addition, however, a great guy and a fine writer” and that with few exceptions, “I don’t know anyone who knows and loves Westeros as well as he does.”

TVLine has reached out to HBO for comment.

Martin also declined to say what the potential spinoffs he’d discussed with all five writers would be about, “but I will tell you a couple of things they WON’T be,” he wrote.

Specifically, he nixed the idea of a series based on his Dunk & Egg novellas (mainly because he’s published three, has ideas for a bunch more and fears that his writing pace won’t jive with the quick-moving world of TV… again. “I don’t want to repeat what happened with Game of Thrones itself, where the show gets ahead of the books,” he wrote).

Also not on the table: The tale of Robert’s Rebellion — aka the conflict that ended the reign of Mad King Aerys and took place about two decades before the start of the HBO series.  “By the time I finish writing A Song of Ice & Fire,” Martin promised, “you will know every important thing that happened in Robert’s Rebellion. There would be no surprises or revelations left in such a show, just the acting-out of conflicts whose resolutions you already know.”

Martin stressed that the new series (or multiple series) will be prequel(s), not sequel(s) that take place in the world he created for his bestselling books — and some may not even be set in Westeros, so it’s highly unlikely that characters in the show will have any role in the future projects.

“So all of you who were hoping for the further adventures of Hot Pie,” he wrote, “are doomed to disappointment.”

Game of Thrones‘ penultimate, seven-episode seventh season is set to premiere on Sunday, July 16, with the eighth and final season slated to follow in Summer 2018.

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8 Comments
  1. Sam says:

    I like that grrm still uses livejournal.

  2. Ella says:

    “By the time I finish writing A Song of Ice & Fire,” Martin promised…

    I think you mean, if ever, sir.

  3. Jerri says:

    So far he’s doing a lot of talking about it and not enough writing…

  4. I wish GRRRRRRRRR Martin would sit his butt down and finish writing these darn books. I am going to have to re-read all the previous ones when he finally publishes the next one, because I would have forgotten so much and also the series has made so many changes that I won’t be able to separate the TV version from the literary one. Does GRRRRRRRR think subconsciously that he is warding off death by neglecting to finish the books? Or has he fallen victim to his ego’s fascination with his celebrity status? Why talk spin-offs when the source material remains unfinished?

  5. Tv viewer says:

    Speaking only for myself, unless it has something to do with Jaime and Brienne or Arya-Hot Pie-Gendry, or even some form of prequel related to Daenerys’s family or Robert’s rebellion I’m not interested.
    I wish to watch something to fill the void left by these characters once the show is invitably gone. If that’s not going to happen then I may a well just watch GoT on Blu ray or rereuns.

  6. Michael Summerset says:

    It’s a bit misleading to say they’re entertaining a fifth spin-off when they’re simply entertaining a fifth idea for a spin-off. That doesn’t imply there would be five spin-offs. There may not even be one.

    There’s still a couple years left on the show and it’s hard to say how much interest people will have in the show after it finishes. HBO now has Westworld and that seems to be the show people are talking about now. It’s not limited by weather or whether or not the author has written the next book. And any spin-off would likely have a much smaller budget than GoT.

    • militantgod says:

      Exactly. Anyone who takes this as 5 spinoffs/prequels, as TVLine suggests, is foolish. They’re basically throwing around a lot of ideas and seeing what sticks.

  7. lame says:

    These aren’t spinoffs, they’ll be prequels of GOT with completely unrelated sets of characters, from distant lands.