In light of recent speculations that Game of Thrones might soon end after only 13 more episodes following season 6, EW decided to ask A Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. Martin whether he has any suggestions about the hit HBO series. His answer is just perfect. The novelist suggested a Game of Thrones spin-off instead of completely putting an end to the show.
The 67-year-old Award-winning author is confident that the world of Game of Thrones has many opportunities for a new show.
The novelist told the site:
There is certainly no lack of material. Every episode ofThe Naked City– one of the television shows I watched as a kid – ended with a voice-over: ‘There are eight million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them.'
There are eight million stories in Westeros as well … and even more in Essos and the lands beyond. A whole world full of stories, waiting to be told… if indeed HBO is interested.
On that note, Martin specified what story would make for the perfect adaptation:
The most natural follow-up would be an adaptation of my Dunk & Egg stories.
Martin's Dunk & Egg stories takes place an estimated 90 years earlier as A Song of Ice and Fire. Both are set in the same world. The novellas follow a "hedge knight" named Ser Duncan the Tall and his squire Egg. Ser Duncan later becomes a member of the Kingsguard while Egg becomes King Aegon V Targaryen. Currently, the Dunk & Egg has three stories in the collection. More stories are already being planned.
Martin then further elaborated on how he sees the spin-off on TV:
Each of the novellas could easily be done as a two-hour stand-alone movie for television; that would probably be the ideal way to do them, rather than as an ongoing weekly series.
The Hedge Knightand its sequels are lighter [in tone] than A Song of Ice and Fire, more in the realm of action/adventure.
The thoughts of HBO executives, as well as Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, might not be focused on a prequel spin-off as of yet, but as the series draws near to its close, it's inevitable for them to consider Martin's suggestion.
Everything remains speculation as of the moment since Martin confirmed that he hasn't discussed anything with anyone yet.
The future is bright though. Considering the massive success that the show has had during the course of its six-year-run, a spin-off does not look far-fetched.
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Game of Thrones returns to HBO for its sixth season on April 24.