Next year will see the end of the television behemoth that is Game of Thrones and that’s gonna leave plenty of fans empty after the six-episode eighth season comes to a close. However, there will be more plans in the future in regards to spin-offs to the acclaimed HBO fantasy epic. With a prequel set thousands of years before the events of Thrones likely to start filming next year, it looks like there’s more plans for this massive world.
Author of A Song of Ice and Fire (Which Game of Thrones is based on in case you didn’t know) George R.R. Martin spoke to The New York Times revealing an idea for a spin-off called Spear Carriers. Discussing that the show would take place during the events of Thrones but will focus on the background characters who were just trying to go about their business during the war. However, it looks like Martin is having some trouble trying to convince HBO. He said:
“I haven’t been able to convince HBO that this is a good idea yet, but I would actually love to do something like that. Have you ever seen Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead? Hamlet is going on in the background, but it’s all about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.”
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern is a comedic play that follows two minor characters in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet as the events of the tragedy played out. He further explained:
“I wanted to do a show called Spear Carriers, which would actually be set during the events of Game of Thrones, but it wouldn’t be following Dany, Tyrion and Jaime. They would all be there in the background like Hamlet, and it would be more like, ‘Here’s a story about a guy in the City Watch; here’s a story about a prostitute at one of Littlefinger’s brothels; here’s a story about a mummer who’s in town to do juggling and tricks.’ And they all get caught up in the events. I think that kind of show would be a lot of fun to do. Maybe I’ll be able to convince them to do it!”
It does sound like a pretty interesting idea but it would lack the epic scale focused on the war in Game of Thrones. It would likely reside in the more dramatic territory but we can probably expect some epic fantasy action cause we know those guys in the City Watch witnessed a bunch of stuff. It does sound like a DLC in a way but if it’s able to provide a compelling narrative and more Thrones content, why not?
Source: The New York Times