Before Game of Thrones stole the show with Best Drama and a well-deserved Emmy award for Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), franchise mastermind George R.R. Martin spoke to Variety about the show’s impending finale, and what’s in store beyond 2019.
We already know that HBO is plotting multiple successor series in 2020 and beyond, though the network has since whittled its story pitches down to four, all of which will be angled as Game of Thrones prequels.
George R.R. Martin basically confirmed as much to Variety this past weekend, when he admitted that the end products may well wind the clock back by 100, 5,000 or even 10,000 years – long before the Seven Kingdoms become embroiled in a war between the living and the dead.
Five other shows, five prequels in development that are based on other periods and the history of Westeros — some of them just 100 years before ‘Game of Thrones,’ some of them 5000 years before ‘Game of Thrones.’
That’s an enormous window to explore, but anyone familiar with the Song of Ice and Fire novel saga will know that George R.R. Martin delves into the rich and often bloody history behind some of Westeros’ biggest families, so it’s really a question of how faithful HBO’s prequel series will be once Thrones has come and gone.
Shall we begin? The eighth and final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones is set to air sometime next year, by which point we should have a better understanding of the network’s planned successor series, and when, exactly, it’ll take place. There’s a wealth of content to explore, so the sky’s really the limit for HBO and George R.R. Martin – the latter just needs to wrap up Winds of Winter and everything will be dandy.