Is HBO planning a Game Of Thrones prequel?

News Louisa Mellor 6 Feb 2013 - 12:17

HBO has signed a two-year deal with Game Of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin, sparking rumours that a prequel is under consideration...

A Song of Ice and Fire creator George R.R. Martin has recently signed with HBO for a further two years, news that cements the idea of there being no end in sight for the network's superb adaptation.

With the forthcoming season three covering events from the first half of A Storm of Swords (the third book in Martin's planned seven-novel series), there's plenty of scope for seasons four, five, six, seven and beyond, should HBO choose to make them. Good news, we're sure you'll agree.

What's of interest about Martin's recent deal with HBO though, is its explicit reference to his developing and producing "new series projects for the network". Not a continuation mind, but new projects.

One project that Martin's manager Vince Geradis has confirmed was raised in past discussions but shelved for a couple of years at least, is an adaptation of Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire prequel novellas: Tales of Dunk and Egg. Set in Westeros ninety years before the events of the main saga, the series follows the exploits of Ser Duncan and Aegon Targaryen.

With up to twelve Dunk and Egg novellas promised by Martin, any potential adaptation could be as long-running as Game of Thrones.

Of course, HBO and Martin may well have non-Westeros projects in mind, and with his previous experience on geek-favourites The Twilight Zone and the original Beauty and the Beast, we'd bet that anything stemming from a collaboration of his imagination and HBO's production values will be worth getting excited about.

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Perhaps they are planning ahead to plug the gap created if/when the TV series catches up with the unfinished book series. Not unlike the way they used a prequel to maintain the interest in Spartacus.

A prequel film would be awesome. I've no idea what it could be about but it could be a nice excuse to bring back Sean Bean.

He must finish A Song of Ice and Fire before he starts anything else. We need to make that the LAW. Takes him so long to write one book but they are brilliant. (prequel
how barathion usurped targaryan would be cool)

He should be made to finish A Song of Ice and Fire before he is allowed try do anything else as it takes him so long to write one book but they are awesome. (The prequel could be based around how barathion usurped targaryan).

To quote Neil Gaiman, "George R.R. Martin is not your bitch"

"Set in Westeros ninety-years before the events of the main saga..." No Ned Stark for you!

Yes, he is and he better make the last two brilliant or else he will be getting an angry letter.

I'd quite like to see some form of a prequel concerning the War of the Usurper (book, TV, film...) with a young Ned and Robert fighting wars and being awesome. There's a lot of interesting backstory there with Lyanna, Jaime, Jon Snow's mother and a hella lot of death. Could make a good film or standalone novel.

That could happen but only after the books/show get to their ends, 'cause there's a lot of this time we don't know yet.

Seen Rhaegar and Robert fight on TV is my dream...

There is definitely a lot of backstory that I think the TV show can only hint at regarding the events leading to the War of the Usurper. I think it could only be done though once the main series catches up to the latest book where the final pieces are revealed otherwise there would be spoilers.

The thing is though that I don't know if it would stretch to a series. Possibly better as a well timed flashback episode.

The development of the love triangle between Robert, Rhaegar and Lyanna and it's consequences should make a great show, but you're right we're only drip-fed information on this story and we still don't know much about the Targaryen side of the story yet.

Yeah, those were my thoughts. I mean, there's a lot of integral knowledge in that period that we still don't know and that we shouldn't know. But once it's been revealed, it'd be good to see that sort of thing for the sake of visuals and drama. I don't think it'd make a good series, but a TV movie or a book might work.

Maybe Wildcards?

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