The final season of "Game of Thrones" was not received as warmly as many fans hoped that it would be. For many, it felt rushed and confusing, and seemed to betray some of the core ideas the show had tried to communicate over its time on the air. The final season was only six episodes, and many felt there should have been more.
Now, the creator of the novel the series is based on is weighing with his plan for how the series should have ended.
On Reddit, George R.R. Martin said that he had planned to wrap the series up with three movies that would be released in theaters. Ultimately, that plan was shot down by HBO, who didn't feel comfortable converting one of their most successful shows to the big screen.
As Martin explained it, they wanted to make a clear distinction between TV shows and movies. Martin, on the other hand, doesn't think that distinction is as important or significant as it once was.
"Because HBO didn't want that. The executives said: We produce TV shows, we are not in the cinema business," Martin wrote. "And if HBO does make a movie, like a movie based on Deadwood, they only produce it to show it on TV - not on the big screen. Everything is changing at the moment. What is being shown at the cinema right now? Everything is mixing up. Nowadays we don't know where the lines between cinema, streaming services and television are."
Although the show's series finale aired in May, the show has remained a fixture in pop culture conversations, in part because its ending left so many people wanting more. There are also plans for a prequel series to air on HBO in 2022.
The series, titled "House of the Dragon," will focus on Daenerys's ancestors and their reign over Westeros. There's a rich history to plum from Martin's novels, and it seems HBO plans to do exactly that with its spin-off shows.
The official description that came with the announcement reads: "Based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, the series, which is set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones, tells the story of House Targaryen. Miguel Sapochnik will direct the pilot and additional episodes. (Ryan) Condal and Sapochnik will partner as showrunners on the series, which will be written by Condal."
Sapochnik was the director behind many of the show's biggest battle episodes, including "The Battle of the Bastards" and "The Bells."