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'Game Of Thrones' Creator Claims The Series Was Supposed To End With Three Movies

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By Clark Sparky

If "Game of Thrones" creator George R.R. Martin had it his way, the wildly popular HBO series would've ended with a grand cinematic event. The final season of the show, which aired last year, drew sharp criticism from fans who thought the pacing was too fast and that some of the plot lines didn't make sense.

In an interview with a German publication, Martin revealed that the show was supposed to actually end with three full-length motion pictures.

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Martin was asked by the interviewer about possibly creating a "Game of Thrones" movie at some point.

"At the moment it is not my place to decide because the movie rights for 'Game of Thrones' belong to HBO," Martin said. "Besides from that, we actually considered this option: David Benioff and Dan Weiss, the makers behind the tv show, wanted to finish the saga with three big movies after season 7. 'Game of Thrones' was supposed to end in cinema. It was seriously discussed four to five years ago."

The interviewer followed up, asking why the movies didn't happen.

"Because HBO didn't want that. The executives said: We produce tv shows, we are not in the cinema business," Martin responded. "And if HBO does make a movie, like the movie based on 'Deadwood,' they only produce it to show it on tv - not on the big screen. Everything is changing at the moment. What is being shown at the cinema right now? Everything is mixing up. Nowadays we don't know where the lines between cinema, streaming services and television are."

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There were several other interesting exchanges in the interview, including this one:

"Game of Thrones" has finished telling your story before you could to that. Does that put you under pressure?

Martin: People know an ending – but not THE ending. The show makers have passed me which I hadn't expect. Nevertheless, I will continue to do what I have been doing for the past years: I still try to finish the next book "Winds of Winter" and then the following novel "A Dream Of Spring". These are the things I am concentrating on. After that, we will see.

There have been several rumored "Game of Thrones" spinoffs since the series ended, and at least one is actually being created. "House of the Dragon" is slated to begin airing in 2021.

"Based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, the series, which is set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones, tells the story of House Targaryen," HBO announced. "Miguel Sapochnik will direct the pilot and additional episodes. (Ryan) Condal and Sapochnik will partner as showrunners on the series, which will be written by Condal."

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