George RR Martin has confirmed that one of the Game of Thrones spin-offs has already been cancelled.
Sadly, we will never know what was supposed to be included in the series. Gutting, to be completely honest.
In a blog post, George said: “As for the other successor shows, if you have been following along, you know that we started with four, and eventually went to five.
“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.”
After the huge success of Game of Thrones, HBO has reportedly agreed to several spin-offs, with one being set thousands of years before the current time-frame of the show, during the Age of Heroes.
He spoke about the confirmed spin-off on his blog, saying: “Yes, this is a prequel, not a sequel.
“None of the characters or actors from Game of Thrones will appear in the new show. All of the successor shows we’ve been developing have been prequels, as I have mentioned before. This one really puts the PRE in prequel, since it is set not ninety years before Game of Thrones (like Dunk & Egg), or a few hundred years, but rather ten thousand years (well, assuming the oral histories of the First Men are accurate, but there are maesters at the Citadel who insist it has only been half that long).”
In the past, George has discussed the spin-offs, saying that three out of the four series will be set in different periods. He explained: “Everything I am told indicates that we could film at least one more pilot, and maybe more than one, in the years to come. We do have an entire world and tens of thousands of years of history to play with, after all. But this is television, so nothing is certain.”
Well now nothing is certain. At least we know that the original series will be back next year. Although it will be the final series. Damn.