Bryan Cogman Working With George R. R. Martin Writing Prequel Series
HBO is prepared to wring every last episode possible out of the award-winning series that is Game of Thrones. Recent reports indicate that a fifth spin-off show is in the planning stages, in the capable hands of Game of Thrones producer, Bryan Cogman. This pre-sequel idea is being written by Cogman, who in turn is working closely with Game of Thrones creator George R R Martin. Despite the fact that there are already 4 ideas in the works, only two other writers can boast that they have Martin’s influence (and subsequent blessing) on their project, these other writers being Carly Wray and Jane Goldman (Max Borenstein and Brian Helgeland are also working on spin-off ideas).
Fans will have to wait a bit longer to hear specific details about this pre-sequel, but Martin has confirmed on his blog that the storyline will not include any of the characters currently in the series, which means no big “Robert’s rebellion” showing. He has also confirmed that the Dunk and Egg books are not the subject for this prequel.
The president of programming at HBO, Casey Bloys, has specifically stated that none of the prequels are guaranteed to air. They must still get approval from the network, which may only give one idea the green light even after all are written. Fans also can expect that no prequel will air until at least a year after the original series has concluded. Depending on whether season eight airs in 2018 or 2019, it’s possible that the next series won’t premiere until 2020.
Martin weighed in on his blog on the prequels, specifically speaking on Cogman’s plans:
“‘If [Dan and David] have been the kings of Westeros for these past seven seasons, Bryan Cogman has surely been the Prince of Dragonstone … Bryan’s series will be an adaptation, and one that will thrill most fans of the books, I think, set during a very exciting period of Westerosi history. And I’ll be working with him every step of the way … we could possibly see two or even three make it to the pilot stage, with one series emerging on air in 2019 or 2020.”
What Will the Series be About?
The best guess on this series, considering the “exciting time in Westerosi history” would be Aegon the conqueror coming to Westeros and the beginning of the Targaryen rule and the unification of the seven kingdoms. Also, it’s worth repeating that Martin himself is optimistically predicting that 2 or 3 of these proposed prequels will make it to the pilot stage. As fans, we can only hope.
Check Martin’s “not a blog” blog for more details.