YAAAAS, HERE. WE. GO.
Earlier this year, George R.R. Martin hinted that there would be five, not four, Game of Thrones spin-offs being developed once the series ends.
And now, we finally have confirmation: longtime Game of Thrones producer Bryan Cogman is officially on board to develop a fifth series.
“Bryan Cogman should need no introduction for any Game of Thrones fan,” Martin wrote on his blog. “He’s been a part of the show since the beginning… since before the beginning, actually.”
Cogman was hired by showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss as an assistant before even the pilot had been filmed, working his way up through to writer, then story-editor, then co-producer, then producer, and finally supervising producer.
He’s written some of the show’s most acclaimed episodes, includingSeason 4’s ‘The Laws of Gods and Men‘, which featured Tyrion‘s trial, and Season 3’s ‘Kissed By Fire‘, where the audience finally began to see Jaime in a new light.
Jaime and Brienne, sitting in a bath, S-T-E-A-M-E-E. (It works, don’t question it.)
Continued Martin: “He’s written more episodes of Game of Thrones than anyone but Dan & David… including some of our very best ones. If D&D have been the kings of Westeros for these past seven seasons, Bryan Cogman has surely been the Prince of Dragonstone.”
Martin confirmed that similar to the other four shows being developed, it will be a prequel rather than a sequel.
“Bryan’s series will be an adaptation, and one that will thrill most fans of the books, I think, set during a very exciting period of Westerosi history.”
But whatever hopes you have for a Robert’s Rebellion series – dash them. Martin has ruled out this being one of the possible series, given that we pretty much know all the details anyway.
We also shouldn’t get our hopes up that HBO will greenlight all five series. “HBO is not about to become the Game of Thrones network,” said Martin, “but we could possibly see two or even three make it to the pilot stage, with one series emerging on air in 2019 or 2020… and the others maybe later, if they come out as well as we all hope.”
Martin himself is already involved in two of the other four sequels, working on them with Jane Goldman (Kingsman) and Carly Wray (Martin) respectively. Two others are being created by Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island) and Brian Helgeland (A Knight’s Tale).
We’d almost say we can’t wait to find out more about the spin-offs, but when you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you get rather used to waiting.
Shout-out to Entertainment Weekly for breaking the news on this one.