If you were to level one criticism at George R.R. Martin, the man who created Westeros, Ghost, Arya Stark and everything else we all love about Game of Thrones, it would likely be this: He sure doesn't hurry when it comes to finishing up projects. What's more, with TV's Game of Thrones now having overtaken the A Song of Ice and Fire novels on which it's based, there seems relatively little incentive for Martin to raise his pace when it comes to finishing the next installment, The Winds of Winter. Other than, of course, to get all of us to stop endlessly harassing him about getting the damn thing finished.
Apparently, though, there's a plus side to Martin's lengthy, world-creation heavy approach, and it's that he might already be preparing a prequel or two. Yup, that's right:
George R.R. Martin Seems To Already Have Plans For A Game of Thrones Prequel (Or Seven)
Something which, on the Jon Snow scale of "knowing nothing" to "improbably surviving death," is a solid "spending an evening in a cave with Ygritte." In other words? It's great news. The reason for this newfound prequel-related optimism, though? Well, that comes straight from the (heavily maned) lion's mouth. Martin, y'see, spoke to Deadline backstage at this past Sunday's Emmys, and revealed that:
"I do have thousands of pages of fake history of everything that led up to 'Game of Thrones,' so there’s a lot of material there and I’m writing more."
Which, he implied, opens up the possibility of him — or perhaps the show's creative team — creating shiny, new Game of Thrones prequels once the novels and/or show have come to an end. Of course, this being George R.R. Martin, he also followed up that warming sense of unbridled joy with a horrifying kick to the emotional teeth, by adding:
"At the moment we still have this show to finish and I still have two books to finish so that’s all speculation."
Because, yes, George R.R. Martin does indeed grow strong on the salt from your tears.
On the plus side, though, it sure does seem as though we will (eventually) get to see more adventures set in Westeros than just the tragic, tragic tale of the Stark clan making terrible decisions (better known as just plain Game of Thrones).
Let's hope that those rumors of the show's creative team continuing the story prove true, then. After all, that Dunk and Egg series we've all been dreaming of isn't going to showrun itself...
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