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.
The pilot episode for an HBO prequel series produced by Jane Goldman, The Long Night, was announced in June 2018. Word of a second prequel series, titled Empire of Ash and produced by Max Borenstein, was leaked a month later, though Martin and HBO have given conflicting accounts as to whether it's being actively considered.
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