Set in the medieval fantasy world of Westeros, the series follows various political and supernatural threats to the Seven Kingdoms, a vast nation still recovering from a civil war that ousted the previous ruling dynasty. The plot focuses on the Stark family, a noble house that rules the frigid and sparsely populated North. Forced to enter the unfamiliar territory of King's Landing, the family must suddenly contend with deadly court politics, intrigue, plots, feuds and mysteries from a host of rival factions. As the nobles busy themselves playing the game of thrones, a supernatural threat looms beyond the Wall to the far north that threatens to destroy the Seven Kingdoms and drive the continent into a permanent winter. Meanwhile, the last scion of the ousted dynasty, now in exile, has her sights set on reconquering the Seven Kingdoms and reclaiming her family's throne with fire and blood.
The series was adapted for television by screenwriters David Benioff and Daniel Brett Weiss, who jokingly described it as "The Sopranos meets Middle-earth". The producers and Martin made a tentative plan for seven to eight seasons, with each season's arc meant to line up with its corresponding book. However, this ultimately only worked for the first two seasons, as A Storm of Swords (which in pagecount equals the entirety of the Lord of the Rings trilogy) was eventually split into two seasons, with A Feast for Crows bleeding into both Seasons 4 and 5. Martin himself wrote an episode in each of the show's first four seasons.
Since the sixth season, the show has overtaken the books, as Martin has yet to publish the sixth novel, The Winds Of Winter. Benioff & Weiss have been informed by Martin of the basic plot of how the saga will end, and Martin has said that if he dies before completing his intended final two books (Winter and A Dream Of Spring) he will let the TV show's ending stand as the conclusion of the saga.
Several prequel TV show projects are being considered by HBO: five were initially pitched, though one was later shelved. In June 2018 it was announced that they had made a pilot episode order for one, The Long Night. Then in July 2018, a major leak revealed another potential prequel is about the Doom of Valyria, titled Empire of Ash (which now has its own Tropes page). Based on Martin's own comments about Fire & Blood, the other two prequel ideas are probably the Targaryen Conquest and the Dance of the Dragons. Nonetheless, Long Night is the only prequel HBO seems to be focusing on now - to the point that Martin keeps publicly contradicting their marketing department, that The Long Night isn't the only prequel being considered.
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