HBO Has Found A Way To Make Game Of Thrones Shows Without Spending Money

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While we await more information about live-action Game of Thrones spin-offs, George R. R. Martin has taken to his personal blog to share some news. The original author of the books told eager fans that they should keep their eyes peeled for animated projects to come from the world of Westeros.

Of course, not only is this not an update on shows like the Jon Snow spin-off or A Knight of Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight, but it isn’t even more info on The Winds of Winter, which we’ve been waiting on for well over a decade. 

George R.R. Martin Is Working On Animated Game Of Thrones Spin-Offs

Nay, instead of pouring his time, energy, and cash into any of these projects, Martin is once again taking a side road, but this time into animation. Inspired by Netflix’s animated series, Blue Eye Samurai, Martin gave the show his stamp of approval calling it “magnificent” and “its own thing.” The Game of Thrones creator also implored his followers to check out Blue Samurai, adding, “If you like my own stuff, I think you’ll love it.”

No Confirmation Yet

Segueing into what he’s been up to during these very early days of the new year, Martin revealed that he and HBO (the network that first brought audiences the Game of Thrones universe), were eyeing their own dip into animation. Although he admits that “none of them have been greenlit yet,” Martin says that the colorful adaptations would take place “in the world of ‘A Song of Ice & Fire.’”

He also says that both he and the network are rather excited to get the ball rolling on these titles and that he feels like “the next step” is just around the corner. 

Sea Snake Show Pivots To Animation Because Of Money

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While we’ve known that the animated Game of Thrones spin-offs have been on Martin and HBO’s radar since 2021, this is our first real update over the last three years. What started as four separate productions were eventually cut in half to two, with writers busily working on the scripts.

So, why is animation the new forefront for all things Game of Thrones? Simply, it comes down to finances. Martin previously revealed that the Sea Snake series, which was initially introduced as a live-action production, has shifted to animation. In his statement linked with the change, Martin said that he was completely behind the decision, adding that it was due to “budgetary constraints,” with animation giving them more freedom to dive into the different destinations that will be explored every week.  

Two More Animated Series In The Works

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As of right now, Martin hasn’t nodded to or teased what the two animated series that made the cut will be about. With Martin and HBO juggling so many different Game of Thrones off-shoot projects, there could very well be a chance that one of the previously announced live-action shows will be pivoting to animation. Along with A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight, there’s also a prequel about Aegon I Targaryen’s takeover of Westeros.

House Of The Dragon Season 2

While the future of live-action and animated Game of Thrones titles is up in the air, we at least know that Season 2 of House of the Dragon is on the way. Almost a year and a half since the pulse-pounding final moments of the first season, audiences will turn the page on the next chapter when the show returns this summer.Source: Not a Blog