George R.R. Martin seems confident about the Targaryen spin-off


The announcement that Game of Thrones has a second prequel in the works — this one centered on the Targaryen family history outlined in George R.R. Martin’s Fire and Blood — has been met with mixed reactions from fans. Some have voiced excitement about diving more deeply into the lives of Dany’s relatives, while others have expressed exasperation at the continued attempts to keep the Game of Thrones craze going.

But it seems as though George R.R. Martin himself falls into the former camp, and that’s probably a good sign for the series’ overall quality. In a post on his LiveJournal page, the author cleared up rumors that the series had officially been ordered to pilot — but he also expressed confidence in the prequel’s ability to portray his subject matter.

Martin didn’t dive too deeply into his thoughts on the new series, but he wrote that “it has a script and a bible, and both of them are terrific, first-rate, exciting.” Given that it’s his material the new show would be adapting, that’s high praise — and it’s a promising start for A Song of Ice & Fire book fans concerned about the quality of future Game of Thrones spin-offs.

Ryan Condal, who will likely serve as showrunner for the Targaryen prequel, also received a great deal of praise in Martin’s post. “He’s a helluva strong writer, and a huge fan of A Song of Ice & FireDunk & Egg, and Westeros in general,” Martin wrote. “I’ve loved working with him, and if the Seven Gods and HBO are kind, I hope to keep working with him for years to come on this successor show.” And if anyone’s going to get it right, it’s someone who is already a fan of the source material.

Other than that, Martin remained fairly tight-lipped about the plans for the prequel. He did admit to knowing the name of the series, which won’t be “the obvious title” (i.e. Fire and Blood), but he declined to share that information until things are a bit more concrete. He did, however, confirm that there will be dragons present in the upcoming series — something to be glad of, because what would a tale of Targaryen history be without dragons?

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