As excitement for the upcoming season of HBO's Game of Thrones continues to grow, rumors have spread concerning everything from returning characters to future seasons. One new, persistent rumor focuses on what happens after the show ends, and a few different outlets have made claim toward a movie. The source? George R.R. Martin himself. Well... sort of.
According to HBO's President of Programming, Michael Lombardo, the hit series is likely to end in its eighth season, per discussions with showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff. Since then, reporters have been clamoring to find out what the plan for the future is, and after the Emmys, the Daily Star allegedly spoke with the creator of the original novels himself. Here's the quote they published from GRRM:
There will be a movie but I will not be involved. I have too much to do. That is something HBO and DB and David are dealing with. I have two more books to finish and I still have so much to do.
This set off a storm of rumors about what the focus, exactly, will be when it comes to producing a full-length feature film based on the massive Game of Thrones universe. The Daily Star posited that HBO is "looking at dipping back in time during certain periods of the series, which could be examined as a one off plot. That means that some of the big characters who fans have seen die on screen could be resurrected."
But, as with all rumors, taking this with a grain of salt was a well-advised move -- because, not long after, George R.R. Martin took to his blog to clarify and shut down the claims to his quotes:
Yes, completely false. No one is working on any movie just now. And if there was a movie, it would not be about Robert's Rebellion.
So, while there's no movie on the horizon yet, at least we have official word from the man himself. Back to your regularly-scheduled Jon Snow survival theories.
While there's no set premiere date, Game of Thrones is expected to return to HBO in Spring of 2016.