George RR Martin was Surprised seeing HBO had Four Game of Thrones Prequels in the Works
Ever since the end of Game of Thrones, the news that has mostly come out of HBO has been disconcerting. There’s been news of infighting and several heated remarks. But, with James Andrew Miller’s new book ‘Tinderbox: HBO’s Ruthless Pursuit of New Frontiers,’ new insider information is coming outside. This time, it involves George RR Martin and his reaction to finding out that HBO had approved four Game of Thrones prequels.
2022 is bringing us back into the world of Game of Thrones. However, it is far from being the only Game of Thrones-related content that we’ll be seeing soon. HBO has already approved multiple Westeros-based spin-offs, which include 10,000 Ships and 9 Voyages. There was going to be a fourth spin-off as well, named Flea Bottom. And then, there was news that HBO hired Steve Conrad as the writer and executive producer of a second spinoff series titled Dunk & Egg, based on Martin’s book of the same name, set in the A Song of Ice and Fire world. But, HBO ended up binning it due to a lack of content to base the show on.
And seeing so many spin-offs caught George RR Martin by surprise. The Tinderbox book has revealed that the A Song of Ice and Fire author, when he heard the news for the first time in 2017, really surprised him.
HBO really surprised George RR Martin by announcing four prequel Game of Thrones spin-offs
While talking to Miller, George RR Martin said that back in 2017, HBO told him of “two successor shows”. This was despite the act that the studio knew Martin will not be available as a showrunner for the sake of completing the sixth book of his A Song of Ice and Fire saga, The Winds of Winter. But, what surprised him was:
Then I suddenly found out that they had put four prequels in motion. The ‘Dance of the Dragons’ idea was just one of them. And the other three were ideas that had come from other people who I guess had read my books or had some of the documents at HBO.
House of the Dragon, which is based on the Targaryen civil war named ‘Dance of the Dragons’ was one of Martin’s suggestions that HBO took on. However, HBO was not that interested in the ‘Dunk and Egg’ show, which is based on a book that follows the adventures of King Aegon V and Sir Duncan the Tall. Martin said:
They didn’t like the ‘Dunk and Egg’ idea because they were familiar with the novellas — somebody there had read them — but it was too soft. But they did respond to the ‘Dance of the Dragons’ idea.
The author talked to the writers and helped them in answering their questions
Nevertheless, when George RR Martin learned that had “four writers and we suddenly had four shows in development,” it caught him by surprise. After having one of his ideas ditched, this was really surprising news. He said:
It surprised me, I’ll admit that. I’d never heard of that before. I thought we’d be going ahead with one, with one development, with the one that I pitched to them, the ‘Dance of the Dragons’ idea.
And the writers that HBO hired met with George RR Martin too. He told Miller:
I met with all four of the writers. They came to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where I lived, and I had meetings with them, discussed their idea, did workshops, tried to fill them in on any questions and all that.
At this point, it’s not easy to keep up with the prequels HBO has lined up for Game of Thrones. We have 9 Voyages, Dunk and Egg, 10,000 Ships, and of course, House of the Dragon. So far, we only have confirmed news on House of the Dragon, as the show will air in 2022.