"A Game of Thrones" Spoiler-Ridden Catch-All of Doom - books and HBO show

I love the Dunk and Egg novellas, but you'd think they'd have learned not to start adapting something without a defined ending by now.

Can't you just tell some stories, sorta, Real Tales of Westeros?

hbi2k wrote:

I love the Dunk and Egg novellas, but you'd think they'd have learned not to start adapting something without a defined ending by now.

Pretty sure the lesson they learned from GOT is that they made a boatload of money, and didn’t have to give out refunds when the show went into the tank.

hbi2k wrote:

I love the Dunk and Egg novellas, but you'd think they'd have learned not to start adapting something without a defined ending by now.

Well, we have 3 short stories already finished, and we do actually know the ending of both of the titular characters' lives. I am mostly curious about how they stretch the first story into a full season of content. I can see it working well as 6 episodes, but even then, that's a lot of extra backstory and who's who. Its's really exciting to me in any case, I love these stories. I think the current last story is the one best suited to a full season.

I have a hard time imagining the first novella working well stretched across six hours of television. That's three feature length movies (or it used to be; two feature length movies the way today's bloated monstrosities are paced). There's not THAT much backstory that's actually relevant. You introduce Dunk, you introduce Egg, you introduce his two brothers who matter for the purposes of this story (and you could cut one of them out if you had to). There's a love interest-- oops, never mind, you blinked, her page time's over. There's Egg's dad, and then there's his uncle, wow, he seems like a cool guy.

Spoiler:

Oops, nvm, he's super dead.

That says "two hour TV movie" to me, not "six-episode season of television." You could do all three extant novellas as a trilogy of TV movies without needing to compress too hard.

I think it's more likely they'll use this as an opportunity to write a lot more original stories for the show. Given the episodic nature of the novellas, the time period involved, and the overall premise of the characters, there's plenty that a good team of writers could do given free reign to play around in the setting free of constraints from the books.

"A good team of writers" is doing a lot of work there, but frankly that's true of every single TV show on the planet. Literally anything is possible, and the ending of Game of Thrones has little bearing on the making of this show. I also think House of the Dragon is a big ol' dud from the writing perspective, so it's not like I'm basing this on prior excellence. It's just that, with a new show, and a new team of people working on it, I'll choose to remain hopeful until the show itself proves otherwise.

I like both your perspectives.

There are plenty of BBC shows (Luthor) that are just a quick mini-series of a few episodes. Just do that and call it good.

But lol Capitalism, amirite?