We are still months away from #GameOfThrones Season 7 — but already, #HBO are in talks to continue the franchise beyond the planned eight seasons. The ferocious success of the series and George R.R. Martin's rich tapestry of interconnected storylines has thrown open the doors to further movie (and perhaps #TV) adaptations of Westerosi history — which is great news, because how on Earth are we meant to cope when winter arrives and GoT ends?!
Fortunately, HBO is not short on ideas to take the franchise forward. The world Martin built spans 12,000 years and incorporates countless languages, cultures, characters, histories and legends. There are literally thousands of pages of fake history written by Martin that are ripe for adaptation:
Well, I do have thousands of pages of fake history — everything that led up to Game of Thrones — so there’s a wealth of material there, and I’m still writing more.
Now that we have confirmation that HBO are in talks for a prequel movie, what exactly could it be about?
The Tales of Dunk & Egg
Tales of Dunk & Egg are a collection of three novellas written by Martin and published between 1998 and 2010. They are set some 90 years before the events of Game of Thrones, and follow the adventures of Ser Duncan the Tall, a.k.a. Dunk (future commander of the Kingsguard) and his squire, the young King Aegon V (Daenerys' Great Grandfather), or Egg, as he was known. They are set before and during the reign of Aerys I, and focus on the aftermath of the Blackfyre Rebellion which saw two factions of House Targaryen rip themselves apart in civil war. Another novella will be added to the series, rumored to be titled The She-Wolves of Winterfell.
Why It Would Work: These three stories are written and ready to go, even though they are a seemingly insignificant part of Westerosi history compared to other major events from the books.
Every GoT nerd from here to the Wall knows about Robert's rise to power, and the defeat of the Mad King Aerys II — the single major event that preluded book one. Having said this, Game of Thrones Season 6 have already touched on what happened at The Tower of Joy — and a certain R+L=J rumor that may play a big part of Season 7 — but there is so much more to explore; Lyanna's 'kidnapping,' the reign of the Mad King, the Sack of King's Landing and the moment Jaime became the Kingslayer.
Why It Would Work: Young Jaime, young Cersei, Robert, Ned, Rhaeghar — what's not to love?! Fans are dying to see a dramatization of this intriguing and important part of the current narrative.
A Dance With Dragons
This is a period of Westerosi history which has been mentioned on several occasions, and inspired a song of the same name. The Dance with Dragons began when King Viserys I died, and instead of his court crowning his true-born daughter Rhaenyra — as was his wish — they locked her up on Dragonstone and made arrangements to coronate her bastard-born half brother Prince Aegon II instead. A long and bloody war broke out which spanned two and a half years and ended in Rhaenyra's death and betrayal by her family. There are also a sh*t ton of dragons.
Why It Would Work: The Dance is one of the most well thought-out and detailed battles outside of the current narrative; plus, it would look AWESOME.
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The Doom of Valyria
400 years prior to the Battle of the Five Kings, Old Valyria stood as the great capital city of the Valyrian Freehold which ruled Essos for thousands of years. The Doom destroyed all of that in a single day; a catastrophic eruption which makes Pompeii look like a party popper. The Valyrian civilization birthed the Targaryen dynasty and was home to dragons, magic and mystery. The Smoking Sea is a place which no man dares venture — and we would like to know why.
Why It Would Work: Like GoT, the events leading up to The Doom would allow us to leave Westeros and explore more of the of the East.
Children of the Forest
Finally we have the ancient story of the Children of the Forest, the First Men and the Andals. 12,000 years before Robert's Rebellion, the Children inhabited Westeros alongside Giants. When the First Men sailed from the East, war broke out and raged for many millennia — but the First Men made a pact with the Children of the Forest, who lived together harmoniously until the Long Night & the invasion of the Andals. It was in this time that the Wall was built, and Winterfell and the Black Watch came to be.
Why It Would Work: White Walkers, the Age of Heroes, giants, magic — it would be a spectacle to say the least!
In two years time, Game of Thrones as we know (and love) it will come to an end, but that doesn't mean the franchise is over, not by a long shot. Aside from the planned movie prequel, we're still waiting patiently for The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring (expected 2187) — we also have Season 7 and 8 to look forward to!