George RR Martin on the new ‘Game of Thrones’ spinoff
Martin wanted to make sure that “Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight” was given a title that would appeal to viewers unfamiliar with the source material.
HBO reaffirmed its long-term commitment to the “Game of Thrones” franchise this week by ordering a full season of its new spinoff, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedgerow,” just days after House of Dragons began. In season 2. The new series, which follows the adventures of Ser Duncan, a knight named Tall, and squire Egg, is based on a series of short stories that Martin began publishing in 1998.
Those who have paid attention to the endless series of “Game of Thrones” series in development will recognize the project, as Martin has been open about wanting to make a show about the characters. The series is usually referred to as “Dunk & Egg”, as the two characters are colloquially called. But the new post Martin explained on his personal blog why they had to go with a more classy sounding title in the end.
“The working title will be ‘Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight.’ Whether or not this will be the final title, I can’t say for sure… other than no, it won’t be called “Tales of Dunk & Egg”, “The Adventures of Dunk & Egg”, “Dunk & Egg” or anything like that similar,” Martin wrote. “I love Dunk and I love Egg, and I know fans refer to my short stories as ‘the Dunk & Egg stories’, sure, but there are millions of people who don’t know the stories, and the title has to get them. too. If you’re not familiar with the characters, “Dunk & Egg” sounds like a sitcom. “Laverne and Shirley.” “Abbott and Costello.” “Beavis and Butthead.” So no. We want ‘knight’ in the title. Chivalry and chivalry are central to these stories.”
In addition to clearing up any confusion about the title, Martin used the opportunity to illustrate how long shows take to develop and asked fans to be patient with future spin-offs.
“Back in the summer of 2016, when HBO first started thinking about ‘Game of Thrones’ spinoffs, I pitched them two ideas: ‘Dance with Dragons,’ which eventually became ‘House of Dragons’ … and Dunk & Egg,” he wrote. “That was seven years ago.” (I can hardly believe it myself). The lesson is that development takes time. I see these stories online of other spinoffs being killed off or abandoned… I have no idea where they get this stuff from… and it just shakes my head. The Nymeria show is still in development. So is the Sea Snake show. I had a great week on this, working with writers. And there are others, live-action and animated. How many get the green light like Dunk & Egg? It’s impossible to say.”
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