When Game of Thrones ends, it almost certainly won’t be long until a new chapter of Westeros begins. With that said, there will be no new beginnings for Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) or any of the other fan-favorite figures from the Emmy-winning series.
Over the weekend, author George R.R. Martin provided an update on the four developing Game of Thrones spinoffs, beginning with the fact that he doesn’t like the word “spinoff.” He prefers “successor show,” and what’s more, there are five such shows in the works, not four as previously reported. More than that, Martin provided some key details on what the Thrones successor shows won’t focus on: Robert’s Rebellion and Dunk & Egg, two of the most popular prequel pitches within the fandom — and perhaps even more importantly still, all five of the developing pitches are set before the events of Game of Thrones.
“None of these new shows will be ‘spinning off’ from GOT in the traditional sense,” Martin writes, “where characters from one show continue on to another. So all of you who were hoping for the further adventures of Hot Pie are doomed to disappointment. Every one of the concepts under discussion is a prequel, rather than a sequel. Some may not even be set in Westeros.”
In that regard, Martin offers another clue, that he has spent time with the successor show writers “discussing their ideas, the history of Westeros and the world beyond, and sundry details found only in The World of Ice & Fire and The Lands of Ice & Fire.” It’s the first of those two books that provides the most comprehensive details about the realms within and beyond Westeros, a massive text co-authored by Martin and Westeros.org founders Elio M. García Jr. and Linda Antonsson.
Written from the perspective of a maester of the Citadel named Yandel — a clever story-protecting mechanism, as Yandel can only weigh in on what’s officially known about the history of the world within the world itself (in other words, no “Jon Snow is a secret Targaryen” spoilers) — The World of Ice & Fire contains sprawling stories about old Targaryen kings, and dives even deeper into the past, extending far beyond the Seven Kingdoms and into lands thus far unmentioned on HBO’s Thrones.
If Martin and the successor show scribes are considering a closer look at the World of Ice & Fire, then it behooves us to do the same. Here are just a few areas of that world and moments in history that could provide the spine for the four — scratch that, five; what a time to be alive — potential Game of Thrones successors.
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