The screen adaptation of Game Of Thrones was originally to end with a movie trilogy.

Last year, the television juggernaut Game Of Thrones finally came to an end with a final season of six extended episodes. But in an new interview, the writer of the source novels – George R R Martin – has revealed that that was not the original plan.

Rather, the idea was that the finale of Game Of Thrones would transfer from the small screen to the big. That the idea was put to HBO to round things off with a trio of theatrically-released feature films, that would have concluded the story.

As you can probably work out, that didn’t happen. As Martin explained, “those responsible said ‘we produce TV series, we are not in the cinema business’”.

Furthermore, that when the Warner Bros-owned HBO does make a film – with Martin citing the recent conclusion to Deadwood, “they only produce it to show it on TV – not in the cinema. Everything is changing right now. What is cinema today? What is television? What is streaming? Is Netflix making cinema or television now? Everything mixes up”.

And the reason was pretty much simply that. Not, as may have been feared, the cost of producing a trilogy of films, because let’s face it, the final season of Game Of Thrones was hardly on the cheap side. But because HBO makes television, and that’s that. No word yet, incidentally, on when Martin will be releasing the next book in the series…

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