George RR Martin on Game of Thrones spin-off strategy.

The author wants to use a wide range of genres to tell future Westeros stories.

When House of the Dragon premieres on HBO tonight, it will mark the beginning of a new era for the Game of Thrones franchise. While the spin-off likely won’t live up to everyone’s expectations, the series will serve as an effective way to gauge fans’ appetites for future adventures in Westeros. If the buzz turns out to be great, HBO has no shortage of more ideas in the pipeline.

In a new interview with the New York Times, Game of Thrones writer George RR Martin opened up more details about the wide array of spin-offs HBO has in development and the approach he thinks the network is taking will when it comes to producing them.

“We’re developing a number of other spin-offs,” Martin said. “There’s the Jon Snow sequel show, and the rest are all prequels. There’s “Ten Thousand Ships” about Nymeria – that’s like a thousand years ago and about how the Rhoynar came to Dorne. This is an ‘Odyssey’-like epic. There are the nine voyages of Corlys Velaryon, the sea serpent. That would take us to places in the world we have never seen.”

He added, “We have a couple of animated shows going, one of which is set in Yi Ti, which is basically the fantasy version of Imperial China or the Far East. We have a great script for that. Obviously not all of these shows that we are developing will air, but I hope some of them do.”

Perhaps more interestingly, Martin was asked about his approach to the high-level strategy that goes into planning all of these spinoffs. While he notes that he likes the wide variety of Marvel shows currently on the air, he also believes that the Game of Thrones spin-offs could mirror that of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Martin thinks his universe could emulate the way the iconic sitcom was able to deliver spin-offs in entirely different genres.

“Another model I found interesting was the old ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show,'” he said. “That show spawned a series of spin-offs: There was ‘Rhoda’ about her friend. Phyllis got her own show. And the one that really got me excited was Lou Grant. They took this character from a sitcom and made him the hero of a serious journalism show. That’s pretty amazing, taking a character that’s a comic book slide and making him the focus of a serious show. I would like to see a range in our shows.”

“House of the Dragon” premieres Sunday, August 21 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.

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