With an endless wave of hype ushering in the arrival of the sixth Game of Thrones season on 24 April, there’s still one question that remains unanswered for fans of the fantasy series – when will there be a Game of Thrones movie?
There have been many rumours regarding a film for a long time, and with a vast range of merchandise and online games all bearing the Game of Thrones brand, it’s natural that this should be the next expansion for this hugely popular series.
Much depends on how the series creator George R. R Martin gets on with the next instalment of his A Song of Ice and Fire book series. With The Winds of Winter still showing no sign of completion, Martin has already stated that if there is a film, he probably won’t be a part of developing the screenplay.
But the fact that Martin has hinted that there will be a Game of Thrones movie will definitely appease the series’ fans. Although the series has an endlessly complicated plot, there’s enough scope in the Game of Thrones universe for the writers to try and emulate the success of Star Trek in bringing their exploits from the small screen to cinema audiences.
Game of Thrones has already found a great deal of success in the gaming world thanks to last year’s immersive Telltale Games release. And Lucky Nugget Casino also delivered a game of progressive pokies for Australian players that featured a range of Game of Thrones motifs and emblems to momentarily satiate even the most ardent fantasy fan.
But much as the video games have taken liberties with the basic plot of Game of Thrones, it’s been suggested that a movie could also travel back in time to revive the fates of many favourite characters.
In particular, whilst Jon Snow was left with an uncertain future at the end of series five, the rumours of a Game of Thrones prequel movie could signal his return to the fray alongside other celebrated characters such as Ned Stark.
The fact that the writers could move back in time will please many of the shows fans who have been frustrated with the slow progress made by the show’s creator. And with even HBO’s showrunners, David Benioff and Dan Weiss, stating that there may just be two more years after series six, it looks like online games and a potential movie have the greatest potential of satisfying fans of this popular fantasy series.