Two years ago we reported HBO was developing five possible spin-offs for Game of Thrones, and while we never expected all of them to make it to air, we were optimistic at least a couple would. However, in the last year, as the network has made major progress with one of the projects, a prequel set thousands of years earlier during the first Long Night when the White Walkers first came to Westeros, a show set to film its pilot soon, it seemed as though the other four spin-offs were dead. But as anyone who has ever visited the Iron Islands knows, what is dead may never die, and George R.R. Martin himself has announced at least two other series are still alive.
Martin posted on his website (in a story we first came across at EW) we shouldn’t “believe everything” we read, because even though Bryan Cogman’s unknown project was cancelled, and one of the others is also not moving ahead, the rest are all still on track.
“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.
We thought we had only one potential spin-off. Praise the gods both old and new that three of five projects could still reach the air. As for what those two unknown ones could be about, we don’t know. However, Martin did give a telling hint about the era and family they will involve.
“What are they about? I cannot say. But maybe some of you should pick up a copy of FIRE & BLOOD (the first of his planned two part history of the Targaryen dynasty) and come up with your own theories.”
But we’ll be happy to see more of anything.