George R.R. Martin is open to the idea of a Game of Thrones spinoff. Entertainment Weekly got in touch with the creator of the world of Westeros following the recent shocking news that the HBO fantasy series might have only 13 episodes left after season 6. Considering the huge popularity of Game of Thrones, the network and its parent company Time Warner must definitely be thinking about the possibility of a spin-off set in the world of ice and fire. Martin also believes that there are numerous opportunities to create a new show or a movie series.
“There is certainly no lack of material. Every episode of The Naked City – one of the television shows I watched as a kid – ended with a voiceover: ‘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.”
It will be interesting to see what that spinoff will be, if it happens, but Martin thinks that ‘the most natural follow-up would be an adaptation of’ his ‘Dunk & Egg stories.’
Tales of Dunk and Egg consists of fantasy novellas written by George R.R. Martin, set 90 years before the event of A Song of Ice and Fire novels. Three books have been released so far- The Hedge Knight (1998), The Sworn Sword (2003) and The Mystery Knight (2010) and follow the adventures of Ser Duncan the Tall (Dunk) and the future king Aegon V Targaryen (Egg). A collection of these books with illustrations was published in 2015 and is titled A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.
“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 Knight & and its sequels are lighter [in tone] than A Song of Ice and Fire, more in the realm of action/adventure.”
In order to have storylines which are more Game of Thrones like, Martin suggested going further back in Westeros history- to The Dance of the Dragons (Targaryen civil war) fought during 129-131 AC, or other events described in his book- The World of Ice and Fire. The author however maintains that there haven’t been any major discussions so far about the spin-offs that might follow Game of Thrones.