We’ve been getting a lot of news lately about the Game of Thrones spinoffs in development at HBO, including that the network has greenlit a prequel based on George R.R. Martin’s Dunk & Egg novellas (which will air on the Max streaming service) and that they’re considering one about Aegon the Conqueror.
And there are more! Earlier this year, we heard that HBO may have shelved two other Game of Thrones spinoffs it had in development: 10,000 Ships, about the journey of the warrior princess Nymeria; and The Sea Snake, about the nine voyages of Corlys Velaryon, who is played by Steve Toussaint in his older years on House of the Dragon. This rumor started after fans noticed that Startling Inc., the production company run by George R.R. Martin’s longtime film collaborator Vince Gerardis, had removed both series from its website.
George R.R. Martin: The Sea Snake and 10,000 Ships have not been shelved
Fortunately, George R.R. Martin has set the record straight: both 10,000 Ships and The Sea Snake are still very much in development! This comes from Martin’s Not A Blog, where he discussed the new Dunk and Egg show A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms before shooting down rumors that the other two spinoffs had been shelved:
Way back in the summer of 2016, when HBO first started thinking about GAME OF THRONES spinoffs, I pitched them two ideas: the Dance of the Dragons, which in due time became HOUSE OF THE DRAGON… and Dunk & Egg. That was seven years ago. (I can hardly believe it myself). The lesson there is that development takes time. I see all these stories on the net about other spinoffs being killed or abandoned… no idea where they get this stuff… and it just makes me shake my head. The Nymeria show is still in development. So is the Sea Snake show. Just had a great week on that one, working with writers. And there are others, both live action and animated. How many will get the greenlight like Dunk & Egg? Impossible to say. How long will it take? It depends. No one knows for sure. When I was in grade school, there was a cop show that ended every week with, “There are eight million stories in The Naked City. This has been one of them.” And that was only New York City. Westeros and Essos are a lot bigger, with even more stories. We just need time to tell them.
And that settles that. We don’t whether The Sea Snake and 10,000 Ships will ultimately grace our screens, but it’s good to know that they’re still in development.
Until then, we have House of the Dragon season 2 on the way and A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight heading to Max. It’s a good time to be sworn to the Iron Throne.