George R.R. Martin Breaks Silence On Game Of Thrones Spinoffs — Says Upcoming Series WON’T Feature Current Characters!

More Westeros stories are coming, Game of Thrones fans.

Though some are hoping for their favorite characters to return for the forthcoming spinoffs, George R.R. Martin is reminding us not to expect anything along the lines of Starks In Charge or Tyrion: God of Tits and Wine.

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The series mastermind broke his silence about the GoT prequels in development at HBO and dropped a Blackwater-sized firebomb of news: none of the spinoffs will be about current characters — which is why he won’t even refer to the new shows as “spin-offs”!

Posting to his blog on Sunday night, he wrote:

“None of these new shows will be ‘spinning off’ from GoT in the traditional sense. We are not talking Joey or AfterMASH or even [Frasier] or Lou Grant, where characters from one show continue on to another. So all of you who were hoping for the further adventures of Hot Pie are doomed to disappointment. Every one of the concepts under discussion is a prequel, rather than a sequel. Some may not even be set on Westeros.”

What!? No more Arya, Jon, or Daenerys? That doesn’t bode well for our faves making it through the rest of the Thrones timeline…

Still, those who have actually see the Friends spinoff Joey will probably join our collective sigh of relief over this news.

Martin’s update wasn’t entirely disappointing — he noted there is now a FIFTH pilot script in development instead of the previously reported four.

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Even better, he’s officially credited as a co-writer on two of the four previously announced prequels — and is creatively involved on all of the series to some degree. He continued:

“I’ve actually been working with all four of the writers. Every one of the four has visited me here in Santa Fe, some of them more than once, and we’ve spent days together discussing their ideas, the history of Westeros and the world beyond, and sundry details found only in The World of Ice & Fire and The Lands of Ice & Fire… when we weren’t drinking margaritas and eating chile rellenos and visiting Meow Wolf. They are all amazing talents, and I am excited to be working with them. In between visits, I’ve been in touch with them by phone, text, and email, and I expect there will be a lot more back-and-forth as we move forward.”

Busy boy! Looks like fans of the book series are gonna have to wait even longer for the author to finish the long-anticipated Winds of Winter novel. He admitted:

“And yes, before someone asks, I AM STILL WORKING ON WINDS OF WINTER and will continue working on it until it’s done. I will confess, I do wish I could clone myself, or find a way to squeeze more hours into the day, or a way to go without sleep.”

Martin also confessed he still needed to write “at least seven or eight or ten” more novellas from his Dunk & Egg tales, which is sadly why that beloved series won’t be adapted for the small screen… yet:

“Eventually, sure, I’d love that, and so would many of you. But I’ve only written and published three novellas to date, and there are at least seven or eight or ten more I want to write. We all know how slow I am, and how fast a television show can move. I don’t want to repeat what happened with Game of Thrones itself, where the show gets ahead of the books. When the day comes that I’ve finished telling all my tales of Dunk & Egg, then we’ll do a tv show about them… but that day is still a long ways off.”

Understandable!

Oh, and BTW — HBO won’t be exploring Robert’s Rebellion either. Martin explained that bit of closure would be reserved for book readers, adding:

“I know thousands of you want that, I know there’s a petition… but by the time I finish writing A Song of Ice & Fire, you will know every important thing that happened in Robert’s Rebellion. There would be no surprises or revelations left in such a show, just the acting out of conflicts whose resolutions you already know. That’s not a story I want to tell just now; it would feel too much like a twice-told tale.”

We’re just glad this universe is expanding to television faster than a growing dragon!

The seventh season of GoT premieres July 16 on HBO. Are U excited for the upcoming non-spinoffs?

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