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How Much is Too Much Game of Thrones?

September 15, 2019 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Game of Thrones - The Bells

Game of Thrones won 47 Primetime Emmy Awards, 5 Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Peabody Award. It holds the Emmy-award records for both most wins for a scripted television series and for most nominations for a drama with 161.

More importantly for HBO, the series was an anchor that drew subscribers. 
It makes sense that they would want to continue the profitable ride with a spin-off or two or five but how much is too much?

A report from Variety said that HBO is nearing a pilot commitment for another prequel series based on the Game of Thrones Fire & Blood book. Fire & Blood covers the period of previous Targaryen kings, like Aegon the Conqueror, the first ruler of Westeros, and Aegon the Dragonbane, all of whom are ancestors of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington).

This pilot would come from George R.R. Martin and Colony co-creator and executive producer Ryan Condal. The show would be set 300 years before the events of the original series, exploring the beginning of the end for House Targaryen.

This would be the second attempt at bringing Fire & Ice to television after former Game of Thrones writer Bryan Cogman attempted to adapt the novel and HBO passed.

As most know, HBO had originally announced that they were exploring five spinoff series. Even as popular as Games of Thrones is, that’s an aggressive strategy. To date, the only series in production is set thousands of years before the original series and stars Naomi Watts. Currently in post-production, it will cover a darker time, after the Age of Heroes had ended. Martin has talked about that and has called the series The Long Night. The series is said to explore the origins of the White Walkers, the mysteries of Essos and the legends of the early Stark family.

While I never read the books, I was a fan of the show. The thought of more Throne style TV is nice but, like snake venom, a little bit goes a long way. I’m not interested in multiple spin-offs covering similar themes and stories. While I enjoyed the last season, for the most part, I was satisfied in where they left it. Even feeling as rushed as it did. 

The Watts spin-off sounds interesting and I’ll check that out but after that, Fire & Ice doesn’t rub my belly in a good way. Of course, I probably wouldn’t be identified as the hardest of core fans of the book and show but a look at social media gives me an indication that I’m not alone.

One only has to look at The Walking Dead to see the pros and cons of such a push.

What do you think? More Game of Thrones spin-offs or maybe slow things down a bit?

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