The Future of Game of Thrones is Animated

According to George R.R. Martin, no fewer than three animated Game of Thrones spinoffs are in development.

Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint)
Photo: Ollie Upton | HBO

In hindsight, it’s pretty amazing that HBO’s epic fantasy series Game of Thrones made it to live-action in the first place.

George R.R. Martin, who penned (and is still slowly penning) the novel series upon which Game of Thrones is based, wrote his books at a seemingly unadaptable scale. Following a career of writing for television, Martin surely never envisioned that the medium would have the budget, expertise, or ambition to bring his world of Westeros to life. Then HBO came along. According to a new blog post from Martin himself, however, even pay cable might have its limits.

In a blog post titled “Amazing Animation,” Martin shares his thoughts on the medium (he loves Netflix’s Blue Eye Samurai) while also providing a critical update on the many Game of Thrones prequels moving forward at Warner Bros. Discovery. That update confirms what we’ve long expected. The only way to truly move forward in Westeros is through animation. Martin explains thusly:

As it happens, HBO and I have our own animated projects, set in the world of A SONG OF ICE & FIRE. None of them have been greenlit yet, but I think we are getting close to taking the next step with a couple of them. When this last round of development started a few years back, we had four ideas for animated shows, with some great talents attached. Writers rooms and summits, outline and scripts followed in due course … but, alas, two of the original projects were subsequently shelved.


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