HBO’s Game of Thrones became a worldwide phenomenon with its eight seasons of epic fantasy tale taking place in the imaginary world of Westeros. Its creator, George R.R. Martin, published the first novel of the series in 1996.
Ten years later, the author was approached by D.B. Weiss and David Benioff regarding the television adaptation of his novels. The first episode of Game of Thrones eventually aired in 2011.
The original series concluded its story in 2019, but the studio proves that they still want to explore more of Westeros. Several spinoffs are currently in production, with House of the Dragon premiering this August 21. Kit Harrington’s Jon Snow is also in early stages, alongside A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (Tales of Dunk and Egg).
Game Of Thrones Author On His Future TV Franchises
In his recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Martin talked about the future of his live-action franchises, including the completion of the Game of Thrones saga.
“Sometimes I sit around trying to figure out who the hell I am in this whole scenario. Am I George Lucas? Am I Gene Roddenberry? Am I Stan Lee? How do I relate to this IP? Because those are three different stories as to where they wound up—Which would you want to be?”
Martin would be involved in the making of Game of Thrones, however, this was complicated by his finishing the last two books in the series. He thought he would be able to publish The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring before Game of Thrones premiered. He added:
“I don’t know. Not Stan Lee at the end. He had no power, no influence. He wasn’t writing any stories. He couldn’t say, ‘Don’t do this character.’ He was just a friendly person they brought to conventions and who did cameos. To be sidelined on the world and characters that you created, that would be tough.”
It seems that Martin is now heavily involved in the expansion of the franchise, and in the making of House of the Dragon. Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan Condal, the showrunners, made sure that Martin approved all ten episodes.