The end is coming for ‘Game of Thrones’ on HBO, but the Seven Kingdoms may live to see another day. The network has a number of different spinoffs in the works to keep the stories of Westeros going even after ‘GoT’ runs its course. Fans have wondered how much author George R.R. Martin will contribute to the spinoffs. ‘GoT’ is, of course, based on his ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ book saga, and he was announced as working with writers on the spinoffs. A brand new book set in the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ universe will hit bookshelves later this year, and Martin has already weighed in on whether ‘Fire & Blood’ could be the basis for a spinoff:
“Oh, and I should also say… as most of you know, HBO is presently developing a number of different prequels to ‘Game of Thrones.’ I know I am going to be asked whether those shows are going to be based on material from ‘Fire & Blood.’ It’s a logical question. The only answer I can give is… ah, well, no one is sure yet, and anyway, I am not allowed to say. So let’s move that to the side.”
Martin teased the potential connection of ‘Fire & Blood’ to the ‘GoT’ spinoffs in a post on his blog, but gave no definitive answers. The spinoffs are still in early stages of development with the focus on producing an epic final season of ‘GoT,’ and Martin would certainly be expected to keep any big secrets to himself.
Unlike any of the books in the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ saga, ‘Fire & Blood’ is not a novel. Rather, it is the first half of the “monumental history of the Targaryen kings of Westeros” as recorded by Archmaester Gyldayn. According to George R.R. Martin (a.k.a. Archmaester Gyldayn himself), the manuscript runs for nearly a thousand pages and will cover a lot of history.
‘Fire & Blood’ will be available on November 20, which means fans can get a fix of Westeros info well ahead of the spinoffs, the final season of ‘GoT,’ and the next book in the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ saga. The bad news is that ‘Fire & Blood’ resulted in ‘The Winds of Winter’ being delayed yet again, to the point that it will not be published in 2018. Also, fans who were hoping for more background on Rhaegar and Robert’s Rebellion will have to wait a few years until the second volume of ‘Fire & Blood’ becomes available.