Game of Thrones Spinoff Series Paused Due to Writers Strike

If you didn’t already know from the many posts about it, there’s a writers’ strike going on in Hollywood. Because of the strike taking place, many different movie releases and shows are being affected, with some ongoing series being put on hold until further notice. Many fans and Hollywood workers are hoping things will get figured out soon, but new projects have been paused until an agreement can be reached. This includes the upcoming Game of Thrones spin-off series that is currently in development. Not even the kingdom of Westeros is immune to the strike.

Game of Thrones creator George RR Martin published a blog post that gave an important update for fans who were anticipating the new shows. The update details what is going on with the various series and what exactly has been affected by the strike going on now. Shows like “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight” have seen their writers’ room closed for the time being. The show was initially revealed during the Max event as one of the upcoming shows in development, which also gave viewers the first look at the rebranding of HBO Max into the Max service.

“…Ira Parker and his incredible staff of young talents are on the picket lines.” Said George R.R. Martin in his blog. In addition, the highly anticipated second season of House of the Dragon will continue with its production. According to George, most of the important work on the scripts was done before the strike started happening. “Across the ocean, the second season of HOUSE OF THE DRAGON started filming April 11 and will continue in London and Wales. The scripts for the eight s2 episodes were all finished months ago, long before the strike began, every episode has gone through four or five drafts and numerous rounds of revisions, to address HBO notes, my notes, budget concerns, etc. There will be no further revisions. The writers have done their jobs; the rest is in the hands of the directors, cast and crew… and of course the dragons).” Many fans of the HBO show were worried that the writers’ strike would cause a big delay in the release of the new season, but that won’t be the case to the delight of many.

George also went on to give his thoughts about the strike and warned everyone to prepare for a long wait. “No one wanted this — no writer with an ounce of sense, anyway — but the producers and the studios and the networks and the streamers gave us no choice. The Guild negotiated right up to the final deadline on May 1, but it takes two to tango. In the waning hours of May 1, the Writers Guild of America declared a strike. The action began on May 2. There are pickets in front of every studio lot and sound stage in LA, and many in other cities as well. Get used to them. I expect they will be there for a long time.”

The rest of the blog post recounts many of the points brought up about the writer’s strike and why it’s important to everyone. George reaffirmed his support of the people standing in solidarity with the writers who are on strike, as well as a promise to tackle other related issues in a follow-up blog soon. “…let me close by saying I am very heartened by the support we’ve received from the Teamsters and the other unions, and from many individual members of SAG and the DGA as well. I hope we will have the support of all of you reading them as well: the viewers, the fans, the people we are making these shows for.”

What do you think about the updates for the upcoming Game of Thrones spin-off shows? And do you have strong opinions about the on-going writers’ strike? Share your thoughts down below in the comments and let everyone know!

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