The future of HBO’s Game of Thrones has been a hot topic over the past few months. The adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books has become a pop culture phenomenon since it began back in 2011, and as fans eagerly await next year’s sixth season, and the show moves farther and farther ahead in the books – it’s easy to see why fans have been so curious about what they should expect from the series moving forward, and how much time they have left with these characters.
While it was recently announced by HBO earlier this summer that the show would end after its eighth season, there have been discussions that the series could last for more 9 or 10 in total, or could possibly end with a movie. It looks like those may not have just been rumors too.
During a recent interview with Daily Star (via Pajiba), George R. R. Martin confirmed that there is discussions of a Game of Thrones movie happening after all. However, the author also revealed that he would not be involved in the film if it does come to fruition. Read his full quote below:
“There will be a movie but I will not be involved. I have too much to do. That is something HBO and DB and David are dealing with. I have two more books to finish and I still have so much to do.”
This will probably come as mixed news to some fans, with the good being the possibility of seeing the world of Westeros on the big screen, and the bad being that the creator of that world would not be involved in its development. Now, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have proven time and time again that they can take their own artistic freedom with the series though and turn out content just as good, if not sometimes better, than what happens in the source material, so this shouldn’t be too much cause to worry.
But what will the film be about? Will it be a continuation of the show’s plot? A spin-off? Well, Martin also revealed that the movie (if it does happen), will tell a self-contained, one-off story from a specific time in Westeros’ history.
“They are looking at dipping back in time during certain periods of the series, which could be examined as a one off plot. That means that some of the big characters who fans have seen die on screen could be resurrected.”
For those of you out there who have been hoping to see an onscreen adaptation of Robert’s rebellion, the reign of the Mad King, or the first war between the White Walkers and the Night’s Watch – this will likely come as welcome news. The world that Martin has created has such a rich history full of cinematic-level events and characters, that it might actually be the best move for Weiss and Benioff to create a film that features some unfamiliar, and familiar characters. Depending on the execution of it all, this could end up being the perfect companion piece to the series.
This wouldn’t be the first time that HBO has brought one of their original series to the big screen either, after both of the Sex and the City movies were financially successful (if less so critically), HBO has proven that they can make the transition a successful one. While this is still several years from even happening, it looks like it may not be too soon to start speculating about what GoT stories you’d like to see told on the big screen. Personally, I think I’ll be happy with whatever story they decide to tell.
Season 6 of Game of Thrones will premiere on HBO in 2016.
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