George RR Martin Says HBO Max Changes Affect ‘Game of Thrones’ Spin-Offs

Another month, another blog update from George RR Martin where, among other things, he promises us that he is still working on Winds of Winter. Sure, sure, but the most interesting news is all of the in-development Game of Thrones spin-offs that are supposed to be in the works at HBO, and apparently new management at WB Discovery is slowing things down a bit as they look to lower the costs. And guess what is really expensive? Shows from the Game of Thrones universe.

Here’s what Martin says about the status of The Thrones spin-offs, where House of the Dragon season 2 is already set to go:

“I took a few days off, I admit. Shame on me, I guess. But now I’m back in the salt mine, working… working on so many bloody things, my head might explode soon. Yes, WINTER WINDS, yes, yes. And HOUSE OF THE DRAGON, season two. And several of the other successor shows we’re developing with HBO. (Some of these are moving faster than others, as is always the case with development. None have been greenlit yet, although we hope…maybe soon. been shelved, but I wouldn’t agree that they’re dead. You can take something off the shelf as easily as you can put it on the shelf. All the changes at HBO Max have certainly affected us).

Martin doesn’t review any of the shows by name, but the ones we’ve heard of in the past that seemed closest to production were the Nymeria series, the Dunk and Egg series, and the Jon Snow sequel series that Kit Harrington was presenting, which Martin seemed to approve of.

Martin specifically says the “changes at HBO Max” have impacted them, and as WB Discovery tries to extricate themselves from a pile of debt, it seems likely they’ll be less inclined to write blank checks for an infinite number. of fallen thrones. Even though WB Discovery has claimed that Game of Thrones is an essential IP to their future plans, alongside things like the DC Universes and Harry Potter, it stands to reason that a large network of prequels and spin-offs could be reduced. unless shows, or those shows might have smaller budgets than they otherwise might have.

House of the Dragon was a big hit for HBO and washed some of the taste of past Game of Thrones seasons out of fans’ mouths. But it looks like they’ll have to be particularly picky about what happens to the next production, given the current situation at HBO. It’s an odd scenario, considering HBO felt like the place with unlimited funds to greenlight whatever high-profile projects it wanted. Now it feels like Amazon is doing this, albeit churning out lesser quality stuff, while HBO and HBO Max are being forced to go on a diet under new management.

While I expect at least one more spin-off to air in a year or two besides House of the Dragon, seeing a huge slate of MCU-like series seems increasingly unlikely, considering of what Martin is saying here.

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