The originator of the Game of Thrones universe, George R.R. Martins continues to think about the future of the franchise on the screen post the original show.
With House of the Dragon’s premiere coming this August, the author/producer has his hands full and his work cut out for him, but GRRM is also thinking about what the vast universe he’s created and helped bring to life on the screen could like like without having characters constantly vie for the Iron Throne.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, George R.R. Martins revealed some of his thoughts here:
“The MCU has ‘The Avengers,’ but they also have something offbeat like ‘WandaVision. That’s what I hope we can do with these other ‘Game of Thrones’ shows, so we can have a variety that showcases the history of this world. There are only so many times you can do a competition for the Iron Throne.”
Continuing, GRRM speaks about his place in all of the new adventures that await the Game of Thrones universe on HBO:
“Sometimes I sit around trying to figure out who the hell I am in this whole scenario,” he opened up. “Am I George Lucas? Am I Gene Roddenberry? Am I Stan Lee? How do I relate to this IP? Because those are three different stories as to where they wound up.”
When asked by the THR interviewer which of the above iconic creators he’d want to be, GRRM admitted that he doesn’t know for sure.
“[But] not Stan Lee at the end,” Martin said. “He had no power, no influence. He wasn’t writing any stories. He couldn’t say, ‘Don’t do this character.’ He was just a friendly person they brought to conventions and who did cameos. To be sidelined on the world and characters that you created, that would be tough.”
A quiet jab at Stan Lee and the most powerful film franchise in the world. Ouch, GRRM!
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George R.R. Martins has his hands full with charting a course for future seasons of House of the Dragons, the Jon Snow sequel spin-off, and the sixth and seventh “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series installments, respectively titled “The Winds of Winter” and “A Dream of Spring.”