George R.R. Martin Reacts to HBO’s Game of Thrones Prequel News

George R.R. Martin Reacts to HBO’s Game of Thrones Prequel News

Good news for Game of Thrones fans, as HBO has greenlighted a full-series order for a prequel set in the world created by prolific writer George R.R. Martin. House of the Dragon will focus on the history of the House Targaryen, even though the new series will take place years before the events we saw in HBO’s record-breaking show. George Martin himself was really pleased by the news, and he praised the showrunners Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan Condal on his blog (via EW):

“Miguel’s name will be well known to every Game of Thrones fan. One of the hottest directors in television today, he directed five episodes for GOT, and won an Emmy and a DGA Award for his work on ‘Battle of the Bastards.’ There’s no one better. Ryan Condal is new to Westeros, but not to me. He’s a terrific writer… and a fan of my books since well before we met. Working with Ryan on the development of House of the Dragon has been a dream.”

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Then Martin promised not to work on any scripts for the upcoming HBO fantasy series until he finished the next installment in the A Song of Ice and Fire saga.

“But… let me make this perfectly clear… I am not taking on any scripts until I have finished and delivered Winds of Winter,” Martin stated. “Winter is still coming, and Winds remains my priority, as much as I’d love to write an episode of House.”

The author also confessed his disappointment in hearing that HBO scrapped the project for the Game of Thrones show from writer Jane Goldman.

“Jane Goldman is a terrific screenwriter, and I enjoyed brainstorming with her,” Martin wrote. “I do not know why HBO decided not to go to series on this one, but I do not think it had to do with House of the Dragon. This was never an either/or situation. If television has room enough for multiple CSI and Chicago shows… well, Westeros and Essos are a lot bigger, with thousands of years of history and enough tales and legends and characters for a dozen shows.”

Do you believe that Martin won’t write any scripts for House of the Dragon unless he finishes The Winds of Winter? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.