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Three “Game Of Thrones” Spin-Offs Are Still In The Works For HBO

We will soon see who takes the iron throne and controls the seven kingdoms, but “Game of Thrones” creator George R.R. Martin is already looking ahead to what may come next for the franchise on TV. Several spin-offs are in the works, and GRRM has some new info on them.

In a post on his blog, GRRM wrote:

“We have had five different ‘Game of Thrones’ successor shows in development (I mislike the term ‘spinoffs’) at HBO, and three of them are still moving forward nicely. The one I am not supposed to call ‘The Long Night’ will be shooting later this year, and two other shows remain in the script stage, but are edging closer. What are they about? I cannot say. But maybe some of you should pick up a copy of ‘Fire & Blood’ and come up with your own theories.”

Most of the blog post was actually GRRM bragging about that “Fire & Blood” book, and being excited about it returning to the NY Times Bestseller list as a top 10 book.

Fans of GOT may want to pick up a copy of “Fire & Blood” soon, which is essentially the prequel to the book and TV series. The book, written by GRRM and illustrated by Doug Wheatley, recounts tales of “Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.”

“The Long Night” that GRRM mentioned was created for TV by Jane Goldman and Martin, is expected to film Belfast. The spin-off series will take place thousands of years before the current show, with the only other info about it being a logline from HBO: “Only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend — it’s not the story we think we know.”

We still have two episodes to go before “Game of Thrones” concludes, and there are plenty of loose ends to tie, as well as new ones just starting to unravel. It’s going to be a crazy ride, but once it’s over you will definitely have some withdrawal. Why not prolong the agony of waiting for the books to finish and the new TV series to pop up by reading the history of Westeros?

Speaking of the books, how about you forget the TV shows and finish writing the book series, GRRM!!!

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George R.R. Martin Talks “Game of Thrones” Differences Between TV Show and Book Endings

We are now two episodes in to the final season of Game of Thrones, and things are about to heat up in the North as a major battle is ready to take place. With only a handful of episodes left, George R.R. Martin has been doing the media rounds to offer some insight about his book series and the show, and today he touched on the conclusion of the series on both television and the written page.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone GRRM discussed the ending of the HBO show, and how (or if) it will tie into his conclusion in the books.

While the show has left out some big plot elements that occurred in the book (for the sake of brevity I am sure), Martin did wish there was more seasons in the show to fill in those blanks and others.

“You know, it’s complex. I’m a little sad, actually,” GRRM said. “I wish we had a few more seasons. But I understand. [showrunners] Dave [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] are gonna go on to do other things, and I’m sure some of the actors were signed up for like seven or eight years, and they would like to go on and take other roles. All of that is fair. I’m not angry or anything like that, but there’s a little wistfulness in me.”

“It’s weird, in Hollywood, this way… I mean I’ve worked on other shows, you know?” he said. “And whenever a show ends, and the longer the show lasts the harder it is. You’re really with a family.”

Martin admitted that he has yet to see the entirety of season 8 of GoT, and did not check out the scripts either, and instead let the HBO team do their thing (based on their previous meetings with each other). He was tight lipped about the actual ending of the books and the show, but did say, “I can say that when my next two books come out they’ll have to read them and then they can find out.”

The interviewer from Rolling Stone questioned GRRM if the ending of the show would surprise him, and he believes it very well could.

“Well, to a degree. I mean, I think … the major points of the ending will be things that I told them, you know, five or six years ago,” he said. “But there may also be changes, and there’ll be a lot added.”

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George R.R. Martin Talks Upcoming “Game Of Thrones” Series Finale – How Different Will It Be From The Books?

George R.R. Martin gave us a gift that will be long remembered in the annals of television history, “Game of Thrones”. Based on his book series that will hopefully one day be finished, it was adapted for TV by Dan Weiss and David Benioff. After eight epic seasons, the show comes to a close in a matter of weeks. But how will it all end? More importantly, how different will it be from the books, which at this point are lagging behind the TV show by a considerable amount as GRRM has yet to write them?

In an article from Rolling Stone that focused on the Stark Sisters, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams, GRRM offered some thoughts on the impending series finale:

I’ve been so slow with these books,” Martin says, with palpable pain. “The major points of the ending will be things I told them five or six years ago. But there may also be changes, and there’ll be a lot added.”

In an earlier interview with Entertainment Weekly, Martin admitted that the show has surpassed him and the book will differ from the show:

“I haven’t read the [final-season] scripts and haven’t been able to visit the set because I’ve been working on Winds,” Martin revealed. “I know some of the things. But there’s a lot of minor-character [arcs] they’ll be coming up with on their own. And, of course, they passed me several years ago. There may be important discrepancies.”

“Obviously, I wished I finished these books sooner so the show hadn’t gotten ahead of me. I never anticipated that.”

“It’s the end for a lot of people. It’s not the end for me. I’m still deeply in it. I better live a long time because I have a lot of work left to do.”

During an interview with 60 Minutes, Martin added that the show, “would have to run another five seasons” for it to be completely faithful to the story he has lined up for the final books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring.

The show will be very close, though, thanks to “several days of story conferences” that took place at Martin’s house in Santa Fe, New Mexico. “I don’t think Dan and Dave’s ending is gonna be that different from my ending because of the conversations we did have,” he said.

“But they may be on certain secondary characters, there may be big differences,” he explained, saying that “there’s no way to get in all the detail, all the minor characters, all the secondary characters.”

Sophie Turner offered her own thoughts in the Rolling Stone piece, saying “I feel very satisfied with the ending of the entire show. Every story arc came to a really good close.” (Williams offers a cryptic hint: “After I read Season Eight, I watched Season One — there’s a lot of similarities.”)

Showrunners Benioff and Weiss mentioned two finales they admired that may or may not have some influence on how GoT concludes: “Breaking Bad stuck the landing. We always talk about the Sopranos ending — as controversial as it may have been at the time, it’s hard to imagine a better ending for that show, or any show.”

The “Game of Thrones” series finale will air on May 19 at 9 PM EST on HBO.

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Winter is coming, and so is season two of “Game of Thrones” – new trailer

Tonight on HBO, the channel unveiled a new teaser trailer with snippets of behind-the-scenes footage from their television adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones.”

The second season picks up where the first one left off, following GRRM’s sequel book entitled “Clash of Kings.” This is a spoiler-free zone, so I won’t tell you what happened next in the book, nor what happened in season one for those who have missed it, but it’s a good time to start catching up on the many events of the series. If you thought the first season was crazy, you have no idea what to expect from the next one! All of your favorites (that survived the first season) are about to get neck-deep in a whole new world, so prepare for some serious shocks.

The second season of “Game of Thrones” will debut in April, 2012, only on HBO.

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