Expanded Universe? ‘Game of Thrones’ may soon have more than just a prequel

The beginnings of Dragon Housethe long-awaited new prequel series of game of thrones, is a few weeks away and a new trailer debuted this week. But beyond that, the creator of the original novels is eyeing a lot more.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, an extended universe of Westeros could soon be born, based on the wealth of source material created by author George RR Martin over many years.

“The MCU has The Avengersbut they also have something quirky like Wanda Vision“, Martin said in the interview. “That’s what I hope we can do with these other game of thrones shows, so that we can have a variety that showcases the history of this world. There are only a limited number of times you can compete for the Iron Throne.

Several others game of thrones spin-offs and successor series are known to be in development and being considered, though none have been officially greenlit except for the upcoming Dragon House.

It was announced last month that Kit Harington was set to reprise the role of Jon Snow in a series of sequels, but that show hasn’t been officially greenlit. Most of the other supposed series – seven in total, according to The Hollywood Reporter – take place before the events of game of thrones.

Martin also said he was considering what role he would personally play as these projects roll out. Martin wrote episodes of both shows and is credited as an executive producer, but was not the showrunner of either.

“Not Stan Lee at the end,” Martin said of his potential role in the Thrones universe in the future. “He had no power, no influence. He wasn’t writing any stories. He couldn’t say, ‘Don’t do this character.’ He was just a friendly person that they brought to conventions and made cameos, and being left out of the world and the characters that you created would be tough.

The interview added that Martin was still “squealing” over The Winds of Winter, the next novel in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, which is the basis of Game of Thrones and its various spinoffs. Dragon House is set to debut on HBO and HBO Max on August 21. He will face The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power, another fantasy series based on a well-known literary property. This show will land on Amazon Prime Video on September 2.

Audiences got to see both upcoming shows this week at the annual San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) event. SDCC is the largest convention in the world and new content from various companies is always being announced.

Stephen Silver, technology editor for The National Interest, is a journalist, essayist and film critic, who also contributes to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage magazine, Broad Street Review and connect today. Co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Stephen lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.

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