Author George R.R. Martin has debunked speculations that a 'Game of Thrones' prequel is in the works.
Following the HBO series’ record-breaking win at the recently concluded Emmy Awards, rumors of a prequel have made their rounds online.
While it was impressive that ‘Game of Thrones’ picked up 12 Emmys on Sept. 18, including the Outstanding Drama Series for the second consecutive year, Martin dismissed the rumors that a prequel is being made.
“Well I do have thousands of pages of fake history that have led up to Game Of Thrones. At the moment, we still have a show to finish and I still have two books to finish. So for now, that's all speculation,” he said.
Showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff were also asked if they would consider a ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel, and Benioff offered an encouraging response before letting Martin take the spotlight.
"I'm sure there will be other series set in Westeros, but for (the producers) this is it," Weiss said.
In April, Martin opened up to Entertainment Weekly, saying that there remains "a whole world full of stories, waiting to be told... if indeed HBO is interested.” He also made a suggestion that "the most natural follow-up would be an adaptation of my Dunk & Egg stories."
The "Dunk & Egg" series of stories is set in the same world as "Game of Thrones," but 90 years earlier than the current ones. The novellas take on the story of a nomadic knight named Ser Duncan the Tall, who would later on join the Kingsguard, and his squire Egg, who soon becomes King Aegon V Targaryen of Westeros.
While majority of the ‘Game of Thrones’ cast members were celebrating their Emmy wins, co-star Gemma Whelan was admitted to the hospital last week with an undisclosed injury.
Known for her role as Yara Greyjoy in the HBO series, the actress took to Instagram and posted a photo of the underwear that was laid out for her at the hospital.
She wrote as caption:
"Ward Nurse: Would you like some underwear as you came into hospital a bit suddenly and underprepared."
"Me: Oh yes please that's so kind I really would thank you. Oh."
This has caused fans to further speculate that Whelan may have sustained injuries because of their filming for a battle scene for ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7, although this is yet to be confirmed.
Actor Jim Broadbent, who bagged an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the movie ‘Iris,’ has signed on for a “significant” role in the next season of ‘Game of Thrones.’
“It will be bigger and it will be better, but it will also be worse but mostly better,” Weiss commented on future episodes.
Season 7 is expected to be the penultimate installment for the award-winning series and will make its premiere in summer 2017. The eighth and final season is likely to be aired in 2018.