Author George R.R. Martin has provided an update on how the Game of Thrones “successor” TV shows are shaping up. In a post on his blog, Martin said three of the five shows in development are moving ahead. They’re coming along “nicely,” he said. As for the other two, their status is uncertain.
This news comes not long after Game of Thrones director and producer Bryan Cogman said his Game of Thrones successor show was canceled. One of the shows, which may or may not be called The Long Night, stars Naomi Watts and will start shooting this year.
This one is set thousands of years before the mainline HBO show. The other two are still working on scripts, but there is no word yet on the stories they’ll tell or who may star in them.
“We have had five different Game of Thrones successor shows in development (I mislike the term ‘spinoffs’) at HBO, and three of them are still moving forward nicely,” he said. “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. What are they about? I cannot say. But maybe some of you should pick up a copy of Fire & Blood and come up with your own theories.”
HBO has only ordered a pilot for the Naomi Watts Game of Thrones successor show, so it remains to be seen if it will get picked up to series.
As for the mainline Game of Thrones show, Episode 4 of its six-episode final season aired on May 5. Episode 5 premieres next week, and if the teaser trailer is anything to go on, it’s going to be a dramatic affair.