George R.R. Martin’s latest book, Fire and Blood Vol. 1, is getting a TV adaptation according to the author himself in a recent blog post. The book details the history of the Targaryen family. It serves as a prequel to the popular Game of Thrones series.
The new show already has a finished script and bible. Martin also notes that this just one of five Game of Thrones-related shows in the works. Indeed, in his blog he even states that Fire and Blood “contains enough materials for a dozen shows”.
Saving the Legacy of the Targaryens
In the original Game of Thrones run, the ultimate fate of the fan-favorite Dany Targaryen was, to the say the least, quite controversial. There have been criticisms that her final characterizations and motivations in the show were too rushed and left viewers with an unsatisfying conclusion to her story arc.
The show’s co-creators, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, may have sped up production of Game of Thrones’ final season and condensed what should have been two seasons into a mere six episodes due to their desire to quickly begin work on a Star Wars movie.
The slate of Game of Thrones’ successor shows on the docket indicate HBO is attempting to re-capture the magic that was lost in the show’s eighth season.
Brace Yourselves: Spinoffs Are Coming
In his post, Martin also reveals that the pilot for another spinoff show based on his book has completed filming and is currently in post-production. That series is helmed by Jane Goldman, who is most known for penning screenplays in the Kingsman and X-Men films.
Her show, which has yet to be titled, is purportedly based on a period leading up to the War for the Dawn known as The Long Night. This event, which is referenced in both the books and TV show, occurs 8,000 years before Fire and Blood. So, while both shows in the pipeline are prequels to the original series, one of the prequels is a sequel to the other.
If you think all of that sounds a bit confusing, you’re not alone. Still, the main takeaway is this: more Game of Thrones shows are coming! This news, along with the announcement of film adaptations of Brandon Sanderson’s books being in development, are good news for fantasy lovers worldwide.