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The Fifth Game of Thrones Prequel May Be The Most Exciting One

I recently wrote about five Game of Thrones prequels that were confirmed by George RR Martin in his live journal back in May. HBO earlier had only confirmed four but now they have confirmed a fifth Game of Thrones prequel one to be written by Bryan Cogman. The fifth prequel may be the most exciting one as Bryan Cogman understands the soul of Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire.

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Bryan Cogman Will Be Writing The Fifth Game of Thrones Prequel

The Fifth Game of Thrones Prequel May The Most Exciting One

Bryan Cogman contributes one episode per season, which makes Bryan Cogman the only writer to have contributed to all eight seasons of Game of Thrones. A Cogman episode is always marked by callbacks both to previous seasons and to deeper lore from Martin’s novels. In George RR Martin’s own words about Cogman, “He’s a really terrific addition. A great guy and a fine writer, and aside from me and maybe Elio and Linda, I don’t know anyone who knows and loves Westeros as well as he does.”

At that time Martin didn’t reveal the identity of Cogman as the writer of the fifth prequel (or successor series as George Martin likes to call them) as HBO hadn’t officially confirmed the news. But everything hasn’t always been rosy for Cogman. He wrote a very controversial episode of Game of Thrones Season 5, “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken,” which featured Sansa’s wedding night with Ramsay. But Cogman was very open to addressing questions and criticism about why he wrote a scene like that.

Cogman engaged in a dialogue over what many considered to be a misstep. The decision to put Sansa in such a position—one she doesn’t endure in the books—surely wasn’t his alone. But Cogman shouldered a lot of the blame in both one-on-one discussions with fans on social media and in an emotional commentary track, which is available on the Season 5 DVD/Blu-ray.

In fact, Weiss and Benioff have been reluctant at times to engage directly with the fandom and Cogman has often served as a direct line of communication. This year, he apologized to fans on Twitter for not including a scene between the direwolf Ghost and Jon. “I tried!” he said, acknowledging the desires of the fans to see more of Ghost and Jon together.

Bryan Cogman may be the best hope HBO has at ensuring a new series that will be both faithful to the spirit of Martin’s original text and consistent with the work that D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have done for the past seven or so years. He may indeed write the most exciting Game of Thrones prequel.

Five Game of Thrones Spin-Offs In Development – All We Know So Far

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Five Game of Thrones Spin-Offs. What Do We Know?

There are five Game of Thrones spin-offs (George RR Martin likes to call them successor series) currently in development for HBO. Some of them are reportedly being set in Westeros, home to the Iron Throne. It seems various writers, including GRRM pitched their ideas and this is what we know as of now.

What Do We Know About These Five Game of Thrones Spin-Offs?

Back in May, Martin confirmed this news on his blog. Says Martin, “Every one of the concepts under discussion is a prequel, rather than a sequel”. Westeros may not even be a part of them. Other highlights include:

  • None of the five new shows will center on any current Game of Thrones character. The new shows will introduce entirely new characters from the Known World.
  • Martin is going to play a role in the creation of all five series, and one of them he pitched himself.
  • The five new shows are currently in development and we know the writers behind four of them: Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island), Jane Goldman (X-Men: First Class), Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential), and Carly Wray (Mad Men)
  • The fifth writer is still a mystery.
  • None of the series will be about Robert’s Rebellion or adventures of Hot Pie (sadly). None of these spin-offs will be about Dunk and Egg.

What Have Other Writers Revealed So Far?

Aside from Martin’s blog post, we don’t know much about these five Game of Thrones spin-offs. One of the writers, Jane Goldman, recently told IGN that Thrones fans should recognize the material she’s adapting for her show:

“Yeah, I think I can say if I was able to say what mine was — yeah, I think as a book reader or as someone who watched the series, you would say, ‘Oh, that! OK.’ Yeah, it would be recognizable as a past event, but I think that’s probably as far as I can go.”

What can that be? The life of Bran the Builder? The Doom of Valyria perhaps? Or About the Children of the Forest and First Men?

One piece of good news is that Game of Thrones has teased a prequel on Game of Thrones animated history series and the clip features a part of the Targaryen conquest of Westeros. It will be made available with the release of Game of Thrones Season 7 DVD and Blu-Ray for limited edition starting Dec 12, 2017.



Explore The Targaryen Conquest in Game of Thrones Animated Series

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Game of Thrones Animated Series – The Targaryen Conquest of Westeros

Game of Thrones has mentioned the First Men, the Rhoynar and the Andals, the Children of the Forest so many times in the show. Just recently we saw the caves at the Dragonstone with paintings made by the Children of the Forest in The Spoils of War. History plays a big role in shaping up a nation, democracies, monarchies and even our day to day lives.

Game of Thrones is continuing their tradition of providing animated extras to keep giving viewers a flavor of the history of Westeros, following their coverage of Robert’s Rebellion (narrated by Ser Barristan Selmy a.k.a. Ian McElhinney) with one voiced by Viserys Targaryen himself, Harry Lloyd. This time they have come up with an animated video of Targaryen conquest of Westeros after the fall of Valyria.

It makes one wish that the series could actually bring the beauty of Valyria to life in the series. I mean, just look at the amazing buildings in the video.

The whole series “Game of Thrones Conquest & Rebellion: An Animated History of the Seven Kingdoms” comes out with a limited edition of DVD and Blu-Ray on December 12, 2017.