George R.R. Martin explains why he mentioned no to a cameo in Game of Thrones’ remaining season George R.R. Martin talks why he turned down Game of Thrones’ remaining season


In just some weeks, the top begins for Game of Thrones, however there’s one factor these remaining epic episodes will not have: A go to from the creator of Westeros himself. 

George R.R. Martin, whose A Song of Ice and Fire novels shaped the premise for Thrones and who dreamed up its large world and a whole lot of characters, was initially alleged to make a cameo look within the present’s pilot all the best way again in 2011. Martin would have appeared as a visitor on the marriage ceremony of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa), however his cameo was really filmed throughout manufacturing on the authentic pilot, again when Daenerys was nonetheless performed by Tamzin Merchant. The authentic pilot famously did not work for HBO, and important changes have been made, amongst them the recasting of the Daenerys function. The marriage ceremony was reshot, Martin wasn’t across the second time, and so he is by no means had a cameo within the hit sequence based mostly on his work. 

With the manufacturing of the eighth and remaining season of the sequence, Martin had one other probability to lastly seem onscreen for Game of Thrones followers to identify, however this time he mentioned no. Why? Well, as a result of he is acquired writing to do, particularly work on the long-awaited sixth A Song of Ice and Fire novel, The Winds of Winter

“[Executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss] invited me to a cameo in one of the final episodes, which I was tempted to do,” Martin advised Entertainment Weekly. “But I didn’t think just for the sake of a cameo I could take the time to return to Belfast.”

So, Game of Thrones will come and go with out an look from Martin, however he actually hasn’t left Westeros, and he seemingly will not for fairly a while. 

First of all, there’s The Winds of Winter, which Martin has been engaged on for almost a decade (the final Ice and Fire novel, A Dance with Dragons, was printed in 2011). Martin just lately promised he is returned to his “fortress of solitude” in New Mexico to hunker down on that guide, which can nonetheless be adopted by yet another concluding novel within the saga, A Dream of Spring.

Then there’s extra HBO tasks based mostly on the world of Westeros. The community expects manufacturing to start this summer time on a still-untitled (although Martin prefers the title The Long Night) prequel sequence set a whole lot of years earlier than the occasions of Game of Thrones. Martin co-wrote the pilot episode with showrunner Jane Goldman (StardustX-Men: First Class), and the pilot will probably be directed by S.J. Clarkson (Jessica Jones). Plus, as Martin identified in a current replace, it may not be the one Thrones spinoff sequence to in the end get the greenlight, as different concepts are “still being scripted.”

Game of Thrones returns April 14.

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