The genius behind Game of Thrones, George RR Martin, has revealed that he has a new Game of Thrones spin-off in mind, but it’s pretty different to what we’re used to.
Speaking to The New York Times, he revealed that he wants to make a show called Spear Carriers. The basic premise of the show is that it would take place during the events of Game of Thrones that we know and love, but it would focus on the many background characters who were just trying to live their lives while the War of the Five Kings was taking place.
Martin said: “I haven’t been able to convince HBO that this is a good idea yet, but I would actually love to do something like that. Have you ever seen Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead? Hamlet is going on in the background, but it’s all about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
“I wanted to do a show called Spear Carriers, which would actually be set during the events of Game of Thrones, but it wouldn’t be following Dany, Tyrion and Jaime. They would all be there in the background like Hamlet, and it would be more like, ‘Here’s a story about a guy in the City Watch; here’s a story about a prostitute at one of Littlefinger’s brothels; here’s a story about a mummer who’s in town to do juggling and tricks.’
“And they all get caught up in the events. I think that kind of show would be a lot of fun to do. Maybe I’ll be able to convince them to do it!”
If anyone else doesn’t get that reference at all, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is a comedic play that focused on two minor characters from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, following them as the events of Shakespeare’s tragedy played out. Fair enough! I don’t know about you, but I would definitely watch Martin’s spin-off idea.