'Game of Thrones': George R. R. Martin's demand for 13 seasons might take us back 10,000 years
While George R. R. Martin seems to have been keen on making a long franchise, his wish might just come through with the four prequels already being written on board
Geroge R. R. Martin had much to say about the end of probably this era's most beloved TV show 'Game of Thrones'. The HBO fantasy series, based on Martin's novel series 'A Song of Ice and Fire', will hit the screens probably for the last time on April 21, 2019. The six-episode-long finale season will either be too happy, too sad or too traumatizing for fans, as Isaac Hempstead- Wright (who plays Bran Stark) would say.
Martin, during the Emmys, told Variety that the show could have easily gone up to 13 seasons, however, it seems that show-makers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss "wanted a life". The author also mentioned, "If you’ve read my novels, you know there was enough material for more seasons." Unfortunately, as the entertainment business goes, show-makers get the last call and after quite a number of arguments on how many seasons should be there, David and Dan had initially settled on only seven seasons. Martin noted, "David and Dan have been saying for five years that seven seasons was all they would go. We got them to go to eight but not any more than that."
However, the author did not leave his fans all in despair. He reassured that his franchise would return with a lot more. "We have five prequels in development that are based on other periods of Westeros. Some of them just 100 years before Game of Thrones, some of them 5000 years before Game of Thrones." According to an HBO representative who had spoken to Polygon, the network has apparently taken on board four distinguished writers (Max Borenstein from 'Kong: Skull Island', Jane Goldman from 'X-Men: First Class', Brian Helgeland from 'A Knight’s Tale' and Carly Wray from 'Mad Men').
The four writers are set to look into the eras which preceded the events that form the central plot of the present show. Martin had earlier mentioned that the prequel is set to start filming in Belfast in October. However, recent reports state that the shooting will take place at Penrhyn Castle in Wales. The prequel, which Goldman and Martin are working on together will "see the world’s descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend… it’s not the story we think we know.”
The #GameofThrones prequel centered on The Long Night could begin filming as early as the end of the month and is rumored to be shooting at Penrhyn Castle in Wales— Game of Thrones Facts (@thronesfacts) September 13, 2018
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If it is not the story that we think it would be, then there are chances that Martin and his team of writers will take their fans way back to the age of the Andal Invasion when the men from Essos invaded the land of Westeros, pushing the First Men far into the North and causing severe threats of extinction for the Children of the Forest. We might not get to see Leaf turn the First Man into a White Walker, or the truce that the Children of the Forest and the First Men agreed upon. Instead, it might show us the events which led up to the War of the Five Kings.
Martin himself had written on his blog, "This one really puts the PRE in prequel, since it is set not ninety years before Game of Thrones (like Dunk & Egg) or a few hundred years, but rather 10,000 years (well, assuming the oral histories of the First Men are accurate, but there are Maesters at the Citadel who insist it has only been half that long)...We’re very early in the process, of course, with the pilot order just in, so we don’t have a director yet, or a cast, or a location, or even a title. (My vote would be THE LONG NIGHT, which says it all, but I’d be surprised if that’s where we end up. More likely HBO will want to work the phrase 'game of thrones' in there somewhere. We’ll know sooner or later).”
If it is truly 'The Long Night', then we will probably get a better look into the lives of the Children of the Forest who provided the first brothers of the Wall and Night's Watch with the obsidian dagger made out of dragonglass - the only weapon that could be used to destroy the White Walkers and restore peace.
Whether that is the storyline or not, it will certainly be interesting to find out. However, the prequel will surely point out what actually happens when misplaced grace disgraces an entire race.