“Game of Thrones” author George RR Martin will have a busy 2023. In a recent blog post, Martin told fans about what he’s been up to during the holidays and shared an update on the “Game of Thrones” spinoffs and where they are. Warner Bros. and stand in the middle of the merger of Discovery.
Martin explained that he had taken a vacation break but now “is back in the salt mine … working on a lot of bloody stuff”; these include the next book in the “Game of Thrones” series, “Wind of Winter” and others. Projects with HBO Max.
“As always in development, some of these move faster than others. None of them have yet been greenlit, but we hope… maybe soon,” Martin wrote.
Although he admits that some projects have been shelved for now, he does not lose hope that these projects will one day be watched by the audience.
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“A couple was shelved, but I disagree that they’re dead,” he said. “You can take something off the shelf as easily as you put it on the shelf.”
“All the changes in HBO Max have definitely impressed us,” added Martin.
One of the spin-offs, “House of the Dragon” was released in early 2022 and was an instant hit. Based on Martin’s book “Fire and Blood”, the series is about the Targaryen dynasty and takes place nearly 200 years before the “Game of Thrones” story.
Martin congratulated the show’s cast on the Golden Globe nomination for best drama, and gave Emma D’Arcy special notes for the individual nomination for best television actress in a drama series for her portrayal of Rhaenyra Targaryen.
Another prequel series starring Naomi Watts was piloted, but canceled because the producers didn’t think the show would work. However, on the day the cancellation was announced, it was revealed that another spin-off, “House of the Dragon,” would be in the way of fans.
Working on another spin-off, “Snow”. At the end of the original series, it will focus on the life of fan favorite character Jon Snow after his exile to the North.
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“Yes, there’s a Jon Snow show in development,” Martin wrote on his blog in June 2022. “Yeah, Kit Harington brought us the idea. It’s not yet approved for release…but Kit brought them too, his crew, and they’re awesome.”
Not much is known about the story of the first season of the new series, but fans are hoping that this means they’ll see some of their favorite characters return.
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Season 2 of “House of the Dragon” is expected to premiere sometime in 2024.