Game of Thrones creator is working on a prequel series with HBO
Game of Thrones mastermind George R.R. Martin is in talks with HBO to create a prequel series for the show.
The writer, whose book series A Song of Ice and Fire is the basis for the popular fantasy series, has also penned a number of stories set within the same universe as Game of Thrones. These include stories of former kings, including Queen Daenerys’ ancestors, and a whole heap of lore that has been unable to make it into the series.
There are also a number of historical events which are alluded to in the books and show, which set the story of Game of Thrones into motion. Notably, the rebellion which saw Robert Baratheon seize power from the Targaryen overlords and the events leading up to it.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, HBO programming president Casey Bloys said: “I would say it’s still kind of preliminary, ongoing talks.
“There are areas we are exploring but I wouldn’t point to anyone and say this is what we’re going to do.”
The possibility of a spin-off to the popular series has been a hot topic of discussion recently, after it was revealed Game of Thrones was to end in 2018 after two shortened seasons.
Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss did nothing to dispel the rumour over the summer, telling UFC Unfiltered podcast listeners: “One of the great things about what George [R.R. Martin] did is he didn’t just build a story… he built a world.”
“[There’s] so many characters and such a rich detailed history behind it that there are a lot of different ways you could go with it.”