Reports have emerged that "Game of Thrones" creator George R. R. Martin may have plans to pitch a "Thrones" prequel to HBO. Martin has reportedly signed a two-year deal with HBO that includes writing a few scripts and creating a new series for the network. That series may just be a prequel to "Game of Thrones," based on Martin's "Dunk & Egg" series of books.
"Game of Thrones" is an HBO juggernaut, and it makes sense to grow the brand with a prequel series. Plus, having a prequel series in the wings could prove to be a useful stalling tactic if the "Thrones" series outstrips the books the series is based on. If a prequel for "Game of Thrones" becomes a success, here's hoping that the following fan-favorite shows will spawn some long-awaited prequels of their own.
If HBO gets into the habit of making prequels, "Carnivàle" fans hope that this Dust Bowl tale will get a second life. "Carnivàle" ended too soon, with plenty of unanswered questions. A prequel series would tie up a lot of loose ends, especially if it includes the occasional flash-forward. After all, "Carnivàle" was originally supposed to run for six seasons.
To be fair, the mid-2000s re-imagining of "Battlestar Galactica" has already spawned two prequel series: "Caprica" and the webseries "Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome." Sadly, neither managed to capture the perfect balance of drama, sex, and philosophy that the mid-2000s "Battlestar" mastered. Fans would love to return to this fascinating universe, if only a great prequel could be conceived.
It might seem like a "Downton" prequel series would lack suspense, but there have been subtle hints dropped throughout the series that Robert had quite an interesting youth. When he confronts Mary about her affair with the Turk, Robert forgives her. She is "not the only Crawley to have made a mistake."
That tidbit, combined with Robert's admission that he was ashamed that he married Cora for her fortune, seem to indicate that Robert could have had an illicit romance with another woman before his own marriage. Downton has many secrets, and a prequel could reveal them all.
"Tara" was canceled before the show had time to come to its natural conclusion, leaving fans deeply unsatisfied. The show had dropped plenty of hints about how Tara developed her multiple personality disorder, but the exact circumstances were never adequately described. Tara's development of new personalities in the show's third season was very interesting, and a prequel series could explain more about their origin.
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