Game of Thrones will have five prequels pitched to HBO
Some people think that three Star Wars prequels were a bit much. Others complain every time Hollywood starts tacking on sequels and prequels to a successful product, like a chain of dead flies assembled by a crazy person in a dark room. But the flies are very much living. Each of them are a prequel. That's right - Game of Thrones will have multiple prequels, so many prequels, in fact, that we can hardly keep them straight.
George R.R. Martin, who has fallen a bit distant from the show's current production team (he's said that he hasn't exactly caught up on the series), has said in the past: "Some [of the prequels] may not even be set on Westeros. Rather than ‘spinoff’ or ‘prequel’, however, I prefer the term ‘successor show’. That’s what I’ve been calling them."
HBO's head of programming, Casey Bloys, has said: "I was going to say ‘prequel’ but they’re not spinoffs because there are no existing characters going off the flagship."
So it looks like we won't be seeing Jon Snow in these prequel series anytime soon. It appears they'll take place well before season one, in the indeterminate past of Westeros lore. Addressing the crazy notion of airing five separate shows in the Game of Thrones universe, Bloys tried to keep it realistic, back when only four prequels were in the works:
‘The idea is not to do four shows. The bar set so high that my hope is to get one show that lives up to it. Much as I might love the idea, HBO is not about to become the GAME OF THRONES network… but we could possibly see two or even three make it to the pilot stage, with one series emerging on air in 2019 or 2020, and the others maybe later, if they come out as well as we all hope.
‘Then again, maybe… but I should not speculate, you folks get WAY too excited. Truth is, no one knows. Least of all me."
So, it seems that pilot episodes for up to five different series will be shopped to the network, then based on that, one prequel series will air in 2019. But if it does well (which it will) then more prequel series will probably begin to air. If all of them do really well, we may very well see three, or even five, Game of Thrones series. After all, the market decides.
What will the series cover? Well, George R.R. Martin has been explicit that they will not be about Robert's Rebellion. "By the time I finish writing A Song of Ice and Fire, you will know every important thing that happened in Robert’s Rebellion," said the author.
Perhaps we will see Bravos or Essos in full form? Or maybe a show set in Dorne, since the original Game of Thrones show kind of botched the whole Dorne storyline by turning the Sand Snakes into unlikeable kinslayers and kinglsayers. Maybe, at last, we could see the first Targaryen rise to power, all those centuries ago?
So, what do you think of the idea of so many Game of Thrones prequels? Are you feeling ecstatic or overwhelmed?