Is a Games of Thrones prequel series on the horizon?

Game of Thrones logoThere have been a number of rumours that suggest HBO is looking at developing a Game of Thrones prequel series with the existing works of author George R.R. Martin.

The Game of Thrones author recently discussed with IGN the prequel stories he had written:

“Well I have been writing for a number of years, a series of novellas set in the same world, in the world of Westeros about 100 years earlier, about two characters called Dunk and Egg. I’ve published three of those novellas, ‘The Hedge Knight,’ ‘The Sworn Sword,’ and ‘The Mystery Knight,’ and I have in mind about nine or ten more novellas about the adventures of Dunk and Egg. So, we have been playing with the idea of doing those, you know, as prequels. They would be prequels in a sense they’re 100 years earlier, but in the same world.

“They’re somewhat lighter in tone than the main series, a little more adventurous but my fans love them and I love the two characters too, and it all ties into Westeros. So maybe, maybe that will be what we do, we’ll see.”

When asked whether he had spoken with HBO about developing the stories in a TV series, Martin was coy, replying: “yeah… yeah”.

Keeping in mind the huge scale and budget of the current Game of Thrones series, it seems unlikely that HBO would consider developing a prequel while the existing series is in production.

Martin recently signed a two-year development deal with HBO.

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