George R.R. Martin Gives Update on ‘Shelved’ Game of Thrones


Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin has confirmed that some of the massive fantasy drama’s spin-offs have been “shelved” for the time being.

Martin stated that the changes at Warner Bros. and HBO have affected the Game of Thrones franchise, leading to the production changes. He also notes that shelved doesn’t necessarily mean canceled.

“Some of those are moving faster than others, as is always the case with development,” Martin wrote on his blog (via Variety). “None have been greenlit yet, though we are hoping … maybe soon. A couple have been shelved, but I would not agree that they are dead. You can take something off the shelf as easily as you can put it on the shelf. All the changes at HBO Max have impacted us, certainly.”

Though the author did not specify which projects have been shelved, the currently planned spin-offs include the untitled Jon Snow sequel series, the Corlys Velaryon-focused series titled The Sea Snake, the Princess Nymeria-led Ten Thousand Ships, and The Tales of Dunk and Egg.

Game of Thrones is far from the only franchise to be affected by the Warner Bros. merger, as the DC Universe and Wizarding World have also been subject to changes in recent months.

The most recent spin-off was based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood. Titled House of the Dragon, it chronicles the rise and the downfall of the Targaryens, who are the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria. It takes place 300 years before the events of the award-winning series adaptation of Game of Thrones, which aired its final episode in 2019.

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