When HBO first announced there were four Game of Thrones prequel series in development, there was a big announcement involved, but the mysterious fifth one didn’t get the same treatment, and we haven’t heard about it since. That changes today!
EW just revealed that Game of Thrones producer and writer Bryan Cogman, who has been involved in the show since the very first season, is developing one of the five spin-offs alongside George R.R. Martin, author of the book series. The settings for this or any of the other successor shows are still unknown, though months ago Martin already crossed off Robert’s Rebellion and Dunk & Egg from the list of possibilities.
Of course, this doesn’t mean Cogman’s show will see the light of day. Five different projects are being developed because HBO can afford to do so, but they don’t intend to produce them all; only one of them may be greenlit. And there’s a long wait anyway!
Nevertheless, this is great news for fans of Cogman’s writing. He is responsible for Kissed by Fire, The Laws of Gods and Men, Kill the Boy and Stormborn, among other episodes.
Update: George R.R. Martin has commented about the new development on his Not A Blog:
Truth be told, we’ve had five scripts in various stages of development for months. Which I believe I mentioned….
Bryan Cogman should need no introduction for any GAME OF THRONES fan. He’s been part of the show since the beginning… since before the beginning, actually, since he was first hired as assistant to David Benioff and D.B Weiss way before the series got on the air, before even the pilot had been filmed. From those humble beginnings, he advanced to staff writer, to story editor, to co-producer and producer and supervising producer. Less formally, he has also been GOT’s “Keeper of the Lore,” the guy who knew the canon better than anyone (except me, though sometimes I am not even sure of that). He’s written more episodes of GAME OF THRONES than anyone but Dan & David… including some of our very best ones. If D&D have been the kings of Westeros for these past seven seasons, Bryan Cogman has surely been the Prince of Dragonstone.
Martin declines to share what the subject of Cogman’s potential show will be, and confirms that like the previous four spinoffs, the proposed show is a prequel. The author says that “Bryan’s series will be an adaptation, and one that will thrill most fans of the books, I think, set during a very exciting period of Westerosi history. And I’ll be working with him every step of the way; we’re going to be co-creating the show.”
Martin will no doubt excite fans with the possibility of multiple spinoffs, but he cautions readers:
You should not expect to see all five shows, though, at least not immediately.. much as I might love the idea, HBO is not about to become the GAME OF THRONES network… but we could possibly see two or even three make it to the pilot stage, with one series emerging on air in 2019 or 2020… and the others maybe later, if they come out as well as we all hope. Then again, maybe… but I should not speculate, you folks get WAY too excited. Truth is, no one knows. Least of all me.
For now, suffice it to say that Bryan Cogman has signed on, and we’re thrilled.