In case you missed it, George R.R. Martin had somehow declared war on the Lord of the Rings spin-off show The Rings of Power by hoping that his own Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon defeats the series when it premieres in August. But is that really what Martin wanted? The Fire and Blood author has clarified his comment about the competition between two epic spin-offs of fantasy literature's heavy hitters.
Back in May, George R.R. Martin spoke out about how House of the Dragon and The Rings of Power will be released at roughly around the same time and how it opened up the possibility of a competition between the two fantasy shows. "I hope both shows succeed. I'm competitive enough. I hope we succeed more," he stated. "If they win six Emmys, and I hope they do, I hope we win seven. But, nonetheless, it's good for fantasy. I love fantasy. I love science fiction."
Since then, people have commented about Martin's competitiveness, which is something the author doesn't deny. Still, he addressed all the hype his statement had caused.
"I expect I will be watching RINGS OF POWER when it premieres. I want it to be great. I want it to run for many years, to win Emmys and Golden Globes. And I want the same for HOUSE OF THE DRAGON," Martin wrote in his blog. "Regardless of awards, I want both shows to find an appreciative audience, and give them great television. Great fantasy."
He then expressed his hopes for more fantasy shows in the future.
"The more fantasy hits we have, the more great fantasy we are likely to get. I want to see Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser on television. I want someone to film that Conan pilot that Ryan Condal wrote," Martin added.
"I want a DYING EARTH show based on the works of the Jack Vance, I want Roger Zelazny’s NINE PRINCES IN AMBER to be faithfully adapted, I want Jirel of Joiry, I want MEMORY, SORROW, AND THORN, I want a Joe Abercrombie show. I want lots more… and lots more science fiction too," he continued.
It's certainly going to be an exciting summer for fantasy fans and we're hoping there will be more shows to look forward to in the future.
House of the Dragon will premiere on HBO on August 21, 2022. Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is scheduled to be broadcast on Amazon Prime on September 2, 2022.