Published: Wed, September 20, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Bryan Cogman Developing Fifth Game of Thrones Prequel

Bryan Cogman Developing Fifth Game of Thrones Prequel

The almost 80-minute long "The Dragon and The Wolf" Season 7 finale penned by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss snagged 12.1 million viewers, up 36% over the Season 6 finale on June 26, 2016. He quickly became a writer on the show (he's written ten episodes so far), and moved his way up through the ranks from writer to story editor to co-producer and eventually to a full producer. In addition, he wrote a book called Inside HBO's Game of Thrones that serves as a companion piece to the current show.

In a 2011 interview with Westeros.org, Cogman discussed in some detail how he joined the series and described the first (of many) times that he read Martin's debut A Song of Ice and Fire novel. His episodes include "The Broken Man", which introduced the steel-hearted Lyanna Mormont in Season 6, and Season 7's tumultuous "Stormborn".

The fifth prequel concept that will be riding into battle with the four previously announced will be conjured by Game of Thrones screenwriter and co-executive producer Brian Cogman, who has been involved in the epic series since Season 1. It's inspired storytelling, that's all there is to it, and the characters are so rich, the themes are so varied.

A while back, Martin posted about the mysterious fifth prequel on his Live Journal without mentioning Bryan Cogman by name.


"Cogman developed the project by working closely" with Martin (who's assisting on two other ideas). HBO programming president Casey Bloys has stated that a potential spin-off will not premiere until at least one year after the final season of Game of Thrones has concluded.

Cogman has a fascinating history with this series.

What we do know is that all speculation as to the content of the spinoffs up to this point is reportedly wrong, with Martin contending that the shows will not focus on the fan-favorite Dunk and Egg novellas that followed the journeys of Ser Duncan the Tall and Aegon Targaryen V, nor will they cover the event's of Robert's Rebellion, which took place some 15 years before the beginning of Game of Thrones' story. Just because the prequels are in development, doesn't mean they will air. The eighth and final season is expected to air in late 2018 or 2019. Doubtless, if his gets the green light, we will see numerous same names return to work on his production.

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