Fans of the beloved HBO series ‘Game of Thrones’ were thrilled last Friday when HBO announced that they had officially greenlit a pilot episode for one of the 5 spin-off series they had been working on, meaning that at least ONE spin-off looks to be shaping into something HBO could go with. Granted, they still have time, as ‘Game of Thrones’ is not slated to return for its last, six-episode final season until some time in 2019, and HBO has stated that whatever spin-off (s) they go with would not start immediately after ‘Thrones’ ended. It is cool, however, to hear them moving forward and actually shooting a pilot for this.
‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ scribe George R.R. Martin took some time to write on the news this week, though most fans would agree the man should really concern himself less with these spin-offs and his other nonsense, and actually get back to WRITING THE FINAL BOOKS OF THE SERIES. Still, back to the topic at hand, according to a post on Martin’s personal blog Monday night on the subject of the era of the spin-off and potential names:
“My vote would be The Long Night, which says it all…More likely HBO will want to work the phrase Game of Thrones in there somewhere. We’ll know sooner or later.”
Personally, I would hope HBO would not be so short-sighted as to force the phrase ‘Game of Thrones’ into whatever title the new spin-off gets just for name recognition, and will trust that the show’s avid fan-base will be well-aware of the spin-off without having to shove ‘Game Of Thrones’ wording in their faces. As for his suggestion that the show take place/ be named ‘The Long Night,’ that could be fascinating, as it would focus more of the show’s dark past, the origins of the White Walkers, the Children of the Forest, etc, and the founding of the Seven Kingdoms, which would feel very different from the current era if done properly. But of course, as Martin himself says, we’ll know sooner or later, but until then it is fun to speculate.
Source: TV Line