Even though it seems like only one major Game of Thrones spin-off project is progressing along in a big way, that may not entirely be the case. Basically, HBO is busy percolating some of these and protecting them with such value as though they are dragon eggs.
Before we dive any further here on this subject, let’s kick things off here by sharing some of what show executive producer George R.R. Martin had to say in a new blog entry on the subject:
We have had five different GAME OF THRONES successor shows in development (I mislike the term ‘spin-offs’) at HBO, and three of them are still moving forward nicely … The one I am not supposed to call THE LONG NIGHT will be shooting later this year, and two other shows remain in the script stage, but are edging closer. What are they about? I cannot say. But maybe some of you should pick up a copy of FIRE & BLOOD and come up with your own theories.
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(For the record, the reason Martin shouldn’t call The Long Night that is because this was technically the title for this past episode — no need to create confusion! This show is the one being produced by Martin alongside Jane Goldman, and it is set thousands of years before the present-day story. We know that Naomi Watts is in the cast, and there are rumors about it being perhaps an origin story for the White Walkers — note “rumors.” Nothing is confirmed and it may not be for a while.)
So why in the world would HBO keep two other spin-offs in development in the event that one of them seems to be filming in the future? Well, for starters, this network is so protective of this property that we wouldn’t be confident on anything until they actually film a full season and start to schedule it. Also, there’s no guarantee that the Goldman/Martin project is actually going to make it longer than a season or two — it may not even need to. We wouldn’t be opposed to the idea of some of these spin-offs really just become short series of two or three seasons that chronicle a specific part of Westeros history. It’s a way to make them valuable without trying to do something so crazy that you battle the huge shadow that is Game of Thrones proper.
The hardest challenge amidst all of this spin-off talk may very well be waiting for something more to air, given that for now, the earliest we presume we will see something is at some point in late 2020/early 2021, maybe later. There’s going to be some time before the end of this show and the start of anything new. There has to be, given the budget for these shows and the amount of time that they require in post-production to happen.
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