The last two seasons of the Emmy-winning series Game of Thrones are almost upon us, and even with thirteen episodes paced over two years still in the offing, we are not ready to say goodbye.
And HBO says we don't have to!
The network, which, for obvious reasons, won't let go of the series easily, has announced that it has closed deals with four writers to "explore different time periods of George R. R. Martin's vast and rich universe." The writers roped in are Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island), Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Secret Service, X-Men: First Class), Brian Helgeland (42, Mystic River) and Carly Wray (Mad Men, The Leftovers), along with George R. R. Martin on two of the projects.
Now that this is official, we have our own wishlist of stories we would like to see as spinoffs of Game Of Thrones:
1. Tales of Dunk and Egg
This one comes from the man himself. Written as a series of novellas since 1998 by George R. R. Martin, the Tales of Dunk and Egg follow the adventures of hedge knight Ser Duncan the Tall, and his squire Egg, who would go on to become Aegon V. It is set about 90 years before A Song Of Ice And Fire begins, and is relatively lighter in tone, giving viewers an idea about life in the Seven Kingdoms, minus the weekly shocks.
2. Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen
While we are certain that this arc will be explored in greater detail in the coming seasons, it will only be to tie up the loose ends about Jon Snow’s parentage. Was Lyanna with Rhaegar by will or by force, as is the common understanding? Was it her ‘abduction’, more than the acts of the Mad King, that compelled Robert Baratheon to rally his allies for the Rebellion? This storyline, which will also include a young Ned Stark and Catelyn Tully, could shed light on events like the banishment of Ser Jorah Mormont, Petyr Baelish’s rise in Westerosi politics, and hopefully the role of the Martells in the entire scheme of things.
3. The Long Night
Old Nan’s stories are all about the Long Night, when “kings froze in their castles”, and it is also when the “Others”, the White Walkers, came for the first time. The White Walkers, however, were created by the Children of the Forest, as seen in Bran’s vision, to protect them from the First Men when they invaded Westeros over 12,000 years before Aegon’s Conquest.
When the problem of the White Walkers went out of hand, Bran the Builder summoned ice and magic to create the megalith that is the Wall.
Since then, the Andals invaded, the Seven Kingdoms were formed, and clearly neither the White Walkers nor the Children of the Forest are extinct. There is so much to know in this part-historical, part-mythological narrative of Westeros, and it would make for an engrossing prequel.
4. The Targaryens
Daenerys straddles the thin line between ambition and madness- a streak that apparently runs in the inbred, foreign-born family. The story of House Targaryen, from their flight from Valyria- claimed to be the most advanced civilisation of all time, the Doom that levelled this civilisation in a day, to the forging of the Iron Throne by Aegon the Conqueror, a historic event from which time is measured in the Game of Thrones universe, promises to be every bit as entertaining and intriguing as the ongoing series.
And because everything is incomplete without some involvement of the Starks, the Targaryen incursion may also give us a glimpse of Torrhen Stark, the King Who Knelt.
5. Cersei and Jaime
This arc would make for a shorter show, but the story of the Lannister twins, as well as the early years of Tyrion Lannister, is quite a tempting premise. This of course, would involve less of the grandeur of King’s Landing, shifting the action to the minds of the twins at Casterly Rock, and explore the formative influences and the psyche of the incestuous twins and their all but forgotten brother, ushering in a welcome change of pace from GoT.
6. Iron Bank Of Braavos
In the books, the Iron Bank of Braavos is, broadly put, the Kingmaker. With its notorious ways of extracting its debts from borrowers who try to hoodwink the Bank, the institution is a fitting fixture in the mysterious city of Braavos, from where the guild of the Faceless Men also hails. Speaking of whom, how cool would a series based entirely on the exploits of the Faceless Men (of course we want to see Jaqen H’ghar again!) be?
7. The Greyjoys
The Greyjoys are an even tougher stock than the HBO series gives them credit for. With a history that goes further back than Aegon’s Conquest, this Viking-like dynasty from the unforgiving Iron Islands very much deserves a spinoff of its own.
Which of these stories do you think will make it?
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