By: Ryan Jenkins
Rumours circulating the web have indicated that the release of the next ‘A song of Ice and Fire’ book instalment has been further delayed to accommodate George R. R. Martin’s most recently announced additional projects relating to the Game of Thrones TV series. This news comes with good and bad tidings depending on your preferred medium. Details regarding these projects have since been disclosed, with initial rumours suggesting that they were four distinctly different TV spin-offs. Last month however, the author had clarified in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that the projects will in fact be five prequel stories, each predating events and characters present in the current series. It’s probable that the story will take place in a completely different era within the GoT universe, with Martin noting that “Some may not even be set on Westeros.”; additionally, its logical to assume that the setting and events of these new additions have already been referenced multiple times throughout the show and books.
Confirmation has been given that the author will be working closely with the producers for these projects, co-writing to some capacity on all five shows. Martin stated that so far “we’ve spent days together discussing their ideas, the history of Westeros and the world beyond”. This will likely impact on the progress being made on the release of the next book, with speculations suggesting that the next instalment, titled ‘Winds of Winter’ won’t arrive in bookshelves until after Martin has finished writing the prequel scripts, so don’t expect it to come out in stores anytime soon.
I would personally like to see one of these prequels explore the initial downfall of the Targarian dynasty. Unfortunately, Martin has commented on the matter, saying that “I know thousands of you want that, I know there’s a petition… but by the time I finish writing A Song of Ice & Fire, you will know every important thing that happened in Robert’s Rebellion. There would be no surprises or revelations left in such a show, just the acting out of conflicts whose resolutions you already know. That’s not a story I want to tell just now; it would feel too much like a twice-told tale.”.
It’s a shame, as this story arc would have had the opportunity to provide the viewers with some much needed context regarding the political state of Westoros during the reign of the Mad King. Additionally, this could have provided characters like Ned Stark and Robert Baratheon with more character depth and development, while introducing long deceased characters like Rheagar Targarian, Lyanna Stark and Elia Martell.
Perhaps a different direction that the author could explore in one of these prequels is how the great doom befell Old Valyria. Most of the lore surrounding the series derives from a mysterious cataclysmic event that had taken place in the homeland of the Targarians, thousands of years ago.
Could we see how the Valerians were able to forge such advanced weaponry in ancient times (Valyrian Steel), how the Targarians are able to form powerful bonds with dragons or how the great doom was able to completely obliterate such a highly advanced civilisation.
Although no further information has been disclosed regarding the release date for the next book, GoT fans can rejoice that this fictional world will live on for years to come. In the meantime, the premier of season 7 is only a month away, dated 16th July.
What prequel stories would you like to see explored; tweet us your thoughts @JenChauMedia.

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