Following last week’s reveal that Game of Thrones may be calling it quits after eight seasons, Martin told Entertainment Weekly that if HBO were interested in further exploring the world of Westeros, there are many avenues they could take.
“There is certainly no lack of material,” Martin told EW. “Every episode of The Naked City— one of the television shows I watched as a kid— ended with a voice-over: ‘There are eight million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them.’ There are eight million stories in Westeros as well…and even more in Essos and the lands beyond. A whole world full of stories, waiting to be told…if indeed HBO is interested.”
Martin makes a great point— considering how vast and detailed his world is, we’re betting there’s enough plot for more than one Game of Thrones spinoff. That being said, the author offered up one suggestion that he thinks would make the most sense as far as where HBO should go next if they’re interested in telling more of his stories.
“The most natural follow-up would be an adaption of my Dunk & Egg stories,” said Martin. “Each of the novellas could easily be done as a two-hour stand-alone movie for television; that would probably be the ideal way to do them, rather than as an ongoing weekly series.”
Martin’s Dunk & Egg stories are a series of novellas that take place about 90 years before some of our favorite Westeros inhabitants find themselves vying for the Iron Throne. The series follows the adventures of a nomadic knight named Ser Duncan the Tall and his squire Egg. Interestingly enough, Egg goes on to become King Ageon V Targaryen of Westeros.
“The Hedge Knight and its sequels are lighter [in tone] than A Song of Ice and Fire, more in the realm of action/adventure,” said Martin of his Dunk & Egg series.
A tale from Westeros that doesn’t involve all of our favorite characters dying? We’d definitely be interested in seeing that come to fruition!
In the mean time, we’ll have to settle for Game of Thrones, which is set to return to HBO on April 24.
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