Only days to go before the Season 6 premiere, Game of Thrones fans aren’t any closer to learning how quickly the series will end, especially as HBO confirmed that spinoffs were out of the question for now. That said, George R.R. Martin still has in mind the perfect choice for an extension of the franchise, which might be better served as a tie-in movie.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly in the wake of news that no serious conversations toward spinoffs had taken place, even with potentially shortened final seasons, Martin nodded toward millions of other potential stories still taking place within the world of Westeros. One in particular, has always been near and dear to the Song of Ice and Fire novelist:

The most natural follow-up would be an adaptation of my Dunk & Egg stories … Each of the novellas could easily be done as a two-hour stand-alone movie for television; that would probably be the ideal way to do them, rather than as an ongoing weekly series. The Hedge Knight and its sequels are lighter [in tone] than A Song of Ice and Fire, more in the realm of action/adventure.

For those unfamiliar, Martin has published three Dunk & Egg novellas to date, following Ser Duncan the Tall and his squire Egg (future king Aegon V Targaryen), set some 90-odd years before the Game of Thrones events. Martin reiterated that no real conversations toward adapting the novellas have taken place, but given HBO’s current drama shortage, one imagines discussion will inevitably resurface at some point.

In the meantime, Game of Thrones Season 6 premieres as soon as this coming Sunday. Almost there!

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