Casting our minds back a mere year, before Season 4 of HBO's Game of Thrones even aired, author George R.R. Martin had spoken about about the possibility of his epic lore taking the leap of faith and finally ending on the silver screen. Because you've gotta plan for the end, despite how resoundingly sad it may be talking about it.
The bearded tease went on to reveal that he had source material to work from, being The Tales of Dunk and Egg - a trio of novellas comprising of The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword and The Mystery Knight. The prequel books take place 90 years before the novel A Game of Thrones.
Here are the Amazon synopses for the three novellas, if you want to take a look...:
"The Hedge Knight" - A century before the events of New York Times best-selling author George R. R. Martin's epic series, A Song of Ice and Fire, a squire named Dunk picks up the sword and shield of his dead master and enters a tournament to begin his career as a knight. But "Ser Duncan" has much to learn about this world of knights and nobles, and as he attempts to find a sponsor who will allow him to enter the tournament, he makes friends and enemies readily. Dunk is a capable fighter and has a strong sense of honor, but is that enough for him to become a true knight in the eyes of the others, or is he just a young man living a delusion and putting those he knows in grave danger?
"The Sworn Sword" - After the deaths, surprises, and heroics in The Hedge Knight, Dunk and Egg continue their journey in search of the fair puppeteer Tanselle. Along the way, the elderly knight Ser Eustace takes both men under his charge, alongside another knight—and this one promises trouble. Peace is ever elusive for Dunk and Egg, as they are soon embroiled in the schemes of local nobility, while a darker, greater thread threatens to unravel long-held truths of the Battle of Redgrass Field.
"The Mystery Knight" was released in the anthology "Warriors", edited by GRRM and Gardner Dozois.
Imagine that, the possibility of seeing Westeros and Essos realized in a multi million dollar budget?! Imagine how sick the fantasy elements would look?! Legions of White Walkers surging the Wall, and spilling from it like sea foam off rock.
Well, keep on imagining Thrones-fans because currently, on the cusp of the eagerly awaited release of GoT's fifth season, GRRM has no idea whether Game of Thrones: The Movie will actually see the light of day/Red God.
It all depends on how long the fantasy epic will run, as GRRM briefly discussed in conversation with THR:
Do we run for seven years? Do we run for eight? Do we run for 10? The books get bigger and bigger (in scope).
Hence why a GoT movie may be a smart move to eventually close the tale of corruption, greed and boobs. But judging by the production values on show in the numerous teasers and trailers for Season 5, the series is doing a damn good job with VFX and practical effects.
But HBO exec. Michael Lombardo subtly extinguished the flames of excitement when he discussed the possibility of a Thrones film:
... when you start a series with our subscribers, the promise is that for your HBO fee that we’re going to take you to the end of this. I feel that on some level [a movie would be] changing the rules: Now you have to pay $16 to see how your show ends.
Yeah, I can see where he's going with that. As does GRRM, who seems a little bit torn between worlds in this excerpt from his blog:
Sure, I love the idea. Why not? What fantasist would not love the idea of going out with an epic hundred million feature film? And the recent success of the IMAX experience shows that the audience is there for such a movie. If we build it, they will come. But will we build it? I have no bloody idea.
Is he just pulling our proverbial legs or does GRRM literally know as much as Jon Snow? Who can say, wait we must and see.
So for now, take these brilliant candid snaps of some of the GoT cast looking goofy, serious and pretty darn cute: