Game of Thrones almost ended with three big movies. Author George R.R. Martin revealed the news in a recent interview. The HBO series came to a divisive end last summer and fans are still reeling from the decisions that were made. Hardcore fans went as far as to get a petition going to have HBO go back and redo the entire final season with new writers, which over 1.8 million people signed. Obviously, the network did not even consider going back to redo what was already done.
Would things have ended differently had Game of Thrones went out with three big movies? That is something fans will more than likely debate for the years to come. In a recent interview, George R.R. Martin revealed that the movie idea was the original plan, about five years ago, and that it was seriously considered. He had this to say when asked about a possible future movie.
"At this point in time it wouldn't be for me to decide, because HBO controls the film rights for Game Of Thrones. Apart from that, we had actually considered this option: David Benioff and Dan Weiss, the two creators behind the series, actually wanted to end the saga after the seventh season with three big movies. Game Of Thrones was to end in the cinema. Four or five years ago it was seriously discussed."
Game of Thrones on the big screen could have been huge. The discussion about GOT on the big screen took place in the interview after George R.R. Martin discussed Hollywood directors he has met and ones he would like to work with. Guillermo del Toro is at the top of Martin's list and so is Quentin Tarantino. So why didn't the movie idea ever get past the planning stages? Martin explains.
"Because HBO didn't get involved. The responsible people said, 'We produce TV series, we're not in the cinema business.' And when HBO makes movies, like now with [ Deadwood], then they produce it only to show it on TV - not in the cinema. Everything is changing right now. What is cinema today? What is television? What is streaming? Is Netflix now making cinema or television? Everything mixes. Today we no longer know where the boundaries are between cinema, streaming providers, and television."
When George R.R. Martin talks about "big movies," that's all of the information that we are given. He did not go on to detail how long said movies were going to be. In the end, Game of Thrones would probably have had the same amount of screen time to get the story across, just set up differently. The final season featured some pretty long episodes that were comparable to feature-length movies, but fans were still hoping for more.
As for his plans for the future, George R.R. Martin says, "I still try to finish first the next book Winds Of Winter and then the follow-up novel A Dream Of Spring. These are the things I concentrate on. After that we will see." Will he ever complete his vision? Only time will tell, but he can seemingly go back and rewrite history after the negative reaction to the Game of Thrones series conclusion. The interview with Martin was originally conducted with German outlet Welt.
If your Sunday nights haven’t felt the same since Game of Thrones went off the air, hopefully you watched last night’s Westworld.
About midway through “The Winter Line,” Bernard Jeffrey Wright and Stubbs Luke Hemsworth walk through the hallways of Park Four, a medieval fantasy world, which is lined with shields, swords, and two techs babbling on about Costa Rica. “Got a buyer,” Tech 1 says. “What?” the other responds. “Some start-up in Costa Rica.” Tech 2 replies, “How the f*ck you going to get that to Costa Rica?” Easy, Tech 1 says as he picks up a chainsaw, “in pieces.” It turns out the “that” is Drogon, Daenerys’ dragon from Game of Thrones, and the techs are played by showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff.
The idea for the unlikely crossover came from none other than George R.R. Martin, who’s currently safe and sound and writing The Winds of Winter. “We’re also friendly with George R.R. Martin,” Westworld co-showrunner Jonathan Nolan told Variety, “and George had consistently since the first season said, ‘We’ve got to do a tie-in with ‘Game of Thrones.’ People forget that George was originally a TV writer and he came up in the TV world in which you’d occasionally have these crossover shows, which the fans would f*cking freak out over. So George had always been pitching the crossover show.”
Nolan said it’s “definitely open to speculation” if the scene implies that Westworld created Westeros, but either way, poor Drogon. Hasn’t that dragon suffered enough?
Sad news for dog lovers is coming in today as it's now being reported that another beloved television animal has passed away. Odin the Northern Inuit, the dog seen by millions of Game of Thrones fans across the world when he played Bran Stark's pet direwolf Summer in the very first episode of the hit HBO series, died this week after battling mouth cancer for the past several months. According to his owners, Odin had spent his final days with his family taking walks on the beach and dining on his favorite foods, dying at the age of ten this week when his health took a turn for the worse.
In a social media post confirming Odin's passing, his owners state they adopted the Inuit when he was just a 7-week-old puppy, spending the next ten years with the television dog as a very important part of the family. 'Odin's passing marks the end of a decade and the end of an era as he taught our friends and family a lot of lessons about life for one dog he has more stories to tell than some people would,' they explain on Instagram. Adding that we can all 'take great comfort in knowing that he is forever immortalised' on Game of Thrones, the owners also note: 'It's an incredible piece of luck to have a pet you love so well become world famous and touch so many people's hearts.'
Longtime Game of Thrones fans might remember when Ned Stark Sean Bean adopted orphaned direwolf puppies for each of his five children: Grey Wind for Robb Richard Madden, Lady for Sansa Sophie Turner, Nymeria for Arya Maisie Williams, Summer for Bran Isaac Hempstead Wright, and Shaggydog for Rickon Art Parkinson. Ned's illegitimate son Jon Snow Kit Harington adopted another direwolf puppy named Ghost for himself as well. Following the appearances of the direwolves as puppies in season one, CGI would later be used to create the larger adult versions of the animals in later seasons.
Recently, we lost another famous television dog as well, as Modern Family's bulldog Stellapassed away just days after the series wrapped filming its final episode. Last year also saw the deaths of the animal actors who played the beloved pet dogs on the comedy shows Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Fuller House. Needless to say, it's been a bit rough lately for dog lovers, so let's hope our other favorite pets from television stay safe with no new casualties for a long, long time.
Following Odin's cancer diagnosis, HBO also did their part in caring for the Game of Thrones star by helping to raise funds to pay for his ongoing medical treatment; Odin's family says the leftover funds after paying for the vet bill will be donated to animal charities. Though the dog was unfortunately unable to be saved, his top-notch medical treatment and the quality care from his owners went a long way in making his final days on Earth as comfortable and happy as they could possibly be for the world-famous pet. Rest in peace, sweet Odin - you were a very good boy. This news comes to us from...