Table of Contents
- The Phenom of this Century
- More from the Original Master
- Going for the Marvel Impact
There’s literally no excuse for anyone not to know what Game of Thrones is in this day and age. Social media, commercials, ad campaigns, TV shows, and movies have referenced the Emmy award-winning shows numerous times in the last eight years since it premiered on HBO. From the books by George R.R. Martin to the big-budget television show that shaped the face of pop culture and TV entertainment, indeed, it’s safe to say that Game of Thrones is a cultural phenomenon in it of itself.
The Phenom of this Century
The hit HBO fantasy action show has become part of the network’s signature series that has truly established itself as a legacy in entertainment. It joins the likes of The Sopranos, and Sex and the City as HBO’s premium “binge-worthy” viewing experience. It’s no secret that Game of Thrones is officially in its final season and is down to its last three episodes which are said to be 78-80 minutes long for episodes 4, 5, and 6. The whole world is counting down their weekends and preparing for the show’s series finale come May 27th, directed by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss themselves.
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However, GOT’s creator, George R.R. Martin is currently in the process of writing the last two books to his most prized saga. With that slowly in its works, Martin is not done with the GOT fever just yet, announcing a spin-off series for the show also in the works for avid GOT fans to look forward to.
More from the Original Master
The man who started it all and welcomed the whole world into the imaginings of his mind isn’t quite done sharing his fantastic stories. According to Vulture, he wrote in his official blog that the work he is doing for the “successor shows”, a term he boldly uses as he rejects the term “spin-off”, is going quite “nicely.” This leaves the massive fandom of the show wondering what more the author has in store for the GOT fandom. There are reportedly five different GOT successor shows in the making under HBO’s wing once again, with three out of the five panning out quite well and in the due process according to the renowned author.
There’s not a lot of details revealed yet of course, but according to Variety, the author of “A Song of Ice & Fire” saga wrote in his blog, “The one I am not supposed to call THE LONG NIGHT will be shooting later this year and two other shows remain in the script stage but are edging closer.” With Martin actively innovating new ways to widen the world of GOT, the prequel series he was working on with Jane Goldman received a pilot order back in June 2018 and has Gypsy actress Naomi Watts leading the show.
The story begins thousands of years prior to the GOT timeline and will chronicle the world’s descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hours. The show will highlight GOT references, as well as historical origins of the white walkers and other mysterious secrets from the history of Westeros, according to Variety. It’s not just the fans and Martin moving mountains to make these spin off shows happen, HBO itself is rallying for the GOT universe to stay alive and proliferate even further in the coming years.
Going for the Marvel Impact
The peg is more like the Marvel Cinematic Universe that Martin himself commended in his blog. “Kudos to the writers and director. I cannot believe they got all those characters into one film, and still managed to do them all justice. The final battle was epic, exciting, thrilling, full of twists and turns… and strangely beautiful. But the character scenes earlier in the film really made it for me.” Martin writes. GOT maybe multiple light years apart from the MCU, but having the backing of a network giant like HBO brews hope for those vying for GOT to be the next Harry Potter phenomenon for millennials and gen Z-ers.
With new leadership in Warner Media Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer, Bob Greenblatt, entities who oversees HBO as a network confirmed with Deadline that much more is to be expected from the show’s GOT phenomenon. “There’s a prequel in production, but just a pilot so that we can see if it has all the goods and is it worthy of going forward. We’re just trying to be really thoughtful about how to expand this universe if it makes sense, and not, like I said, kill the golden goose.” Greenblatt adds.
Much is in the works for die-hard GOT fans out there and even if only one pilot is being shot later this year, Martin along with his friends in HBO are in the midst of creating something new and invigorating for GOT fans to enjoy following in the next few years to come. The quest for great storytelling is often a craft many do not master, but twenty three books and eight seasons later, George R.R. Martin has definitely paved the future path of the fantasy genre in various mediums.
Thus, the patience of GOT fans and avid fantasy storytellers and lovers is the least to give Martin as he continues to curate fascinating stories for religious fantasy readers and TV viewers across the globe. For now, all we can do is wait and marvel in the last three episodes GOT has in store for the world in the last three weeks of May.