There is no word on “Winds of Winter” releasing soon. As “Game of Thrones” gears up to face its end, author George R.R. Martin is said to being open for spinoffs.
One might wonder if the “Winds of Winter” is getting delayed because of the buzz around the upcoming “Game of Thrones” spinoffs. However, that is not the case. George R.R. Martin told Entertainment Weekly that he believes there are many opportunities for another show, possibly a spinoff.
Martin gave an example of “The Naked City,” a show he watched as a kid. It ended with a customary voiceover “There are eight million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them.”
He explained that like “The Naked City,” Westeros and Essos too had many untold stories which could be explored. “There is certainly no lack of material. There are eight million stories in Westeros as well … and even more in Essos and the lands beyond,” revealed Martin. “A whole world full of stories, waiting to be told … if indeed HBO is interested,” he added.
Inquisitr reveals that “Game of Thrones” showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff informed viewers that there are only two short seasons before the popular drama ends. However, the seasons would be shorter than the regular ones. Season 7 is expected to have seven episodes while Season 8 will have six episodes. However, according to Winter Is Coming website, the show runners have stated that no one was contemplating spinoffs at the moment.
The site goes ahead and mentions that while the current events are not set in the stone, chances are that the Weiss, Benioff, and HBO might consider the idea of spinoffs closer to the wrap-up date of “Game of Thrones.”
And should it happen, Martin suggests that an adaptation of his “Tales of Dunk & Egg” stories would be the most natural choice for the spin-off. The stories are a set of novellas set in times before the “Game of Thrones.”
“Each of the novellas could easily be done as a two-hour stand-alone movie for television; that would probably be the ideal way to do them, rather than as an ongoing weekly series,” explained the author. “The Hedge Knight and its sequels are lighter [in tone] than A Song of Ice and Fire, more in the realm of action/adventure,” he added.