A recent event was held for the world premiere of season three of HBO’s Game of Thrones, which the rest of us will get our eyes on when new episodes start airing on March 31st.
Speaking at the event, George R.R. Martin, the creator and author of the books on which the series is based, was asked about the other titles he may be working on for HBO after that recent two-year deal he signed.
He understandably could not speak much about what he was working on, but Martin did talk about the possibility of a Game of Thrones prequel series. Find out more about it below.
Now when you hear a Game of Thrones prequel mentioned, your first thought is likely that it would revolve around Ned Stark (Sean Bean) and Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) in their younger days, when the Targaryen’s sat on the Iron Throne. It would allow for some popular characters to return, and for some very intense stories only known to fans of the books and TV series through the recollection of the histories and lore of Westeros. But this is not the case. Not yet, at least.
Instead, Martin spoke of some prequel novellas he’s written you may or may not have been aware of that are set one hundred years prior to when the books and series are set, and follow two characters named Dunk and Egg.
Here’s what Martin had to say:
“Well, I have been writing for a number of years a series of novellas set in the same world, the world of Westeros, but a hundred years earlier, about two characters called Dunk and Egg. And I published three of those novellas, The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword, and The Mystery Knight, and I have in mind about nine or ten more novellas about the adventures of Dunk and Egg.
So we have been playing with the idea of doing those as prequels. They would be prequels, in a sense, they’re a hundred years earlier but in the same world. They’re somewhat lighter in tone than the main series, a little more adventurous. But my fans love them and I love the two characters too, and it all ties into Westeros history. So maybe that will be what we’ll do.”
Keep in mind that nothing is official yet, but it makes sense for HBO and Martin to be looking at potential other stories to tell.
The question is would you want to see this prequel series and when? I personally will take as much Game of Thrones as I can get, but my primary concern as a fan is to get the complete story being told right now. Nothing else matters as much as seeing the show go on long enough to tell the complete story we’re all so invested in right now. And that story still has a ways to go with seasons three and four dedicated to book three in the series, A Storm of Swords; two to four seasons likely dedicated to books four and five, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons; then however many seasons needed for the final two planned books that have not yet been released, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring. And this is all assuming HBO runs with the series to the end. The only season with an official greenlight is the upcoming season three.
So what do you think, fans? Do you want to see a prequel series, or are you completely focused on the story at hand?
[Source: IGN via /Film]