There will now be only four series
Game Of Thrones creator George RR Martin has confirmed that one of the hotly-anticipated spin-off series of the fantasy show has been scrapped.
Last year, it was confirmed that a number of spin-offs based around the epic were in the works and set to air once the current story ends. The finale of the current plot is on the horizon with Game Of Thrones season 8 hitting screens next year, however the five confirmed spin-offs have now been cut down for four. Screenwriter Jane Goldman is also at work on a movie.
“As for the other successor shows, if you have been following along, you know that we started with four, and eventually went to five,” he wrote in a blog. “One of those has been shelved, I am given to understand, and of course Jane’s pilot is now moving to film. But that does not mean the others are dead.”
He also revealed that progress was being made on the Winds Of Winter books, and that the project remains his ‘top priority’.
Last month it was confirmed that a GoT prequel had also been ordered by HBO.
Discussing progress on the spin-offs last year, Martin said that he was thinking of the new shows more as ‘successors‘.
“We had four scripts in development when I arrived in LA last week, but by the time I left we had five,” said Martin. “We have added a fifth writer to the original four.
“Every one of the concepts under discussion is a prequel, rather than a sequel,” he added. “Some may not even be set on Westeros. Rather than ‘spinoff’ or ‘prequel’, however, I prefer the term ‘successor show’. That’s what I’ve been calling them.”
When NME asked Maisie Williams if she’d consider returning for a spin-off series for Arya Stark, she replied: “That is a hard question, I don’t know! It depends how my career is after this, how much fun I have with other things.
“If I have a feeling I want to be Aria again, then absolutely. But I want to see all the other things that I didn’t even know I was capable of doing, get lots of new opportunities. Although I don’t think it’ll ever be quite one as cool as Aria.”