Last week, George posted an update to Not a Blog recounting a trip he took to the UK in late October and early November, in which he refers to meetings with his UK publishers concerning both A Song of Ice and Fire and Wild Cards, and then added some details regarding the play currently called The Iron Throne (it’s a working title):
And since we are talking theatre… one of the meetings I had in London was with Dominick and Duncan, the director and scriptwriter of our own stage play, the one we have been working on for the past few years. Originally we were calling it HARRENHAL, but we have now settled on THE IRON THRONE as a title… until we think of something better. Regardless, things are coming well, I think, and we are hopeful of being able to open in late 2024. Maybe. But you never know. There’s still a lot of work to be done.
The play was first announced way back in March of 2021. Dominic and Duncan would be Dominic Macmillan, the play’s director, and Duncan Cooke, the playwright.
And then George wrote a bit about his days working with Ryan Condal and the writers of House of the Dragon....
George R.R. Martin and House of the Dragon showrunner Ryan Condal on the set of the TV show, in what may be the godswood of Harrenhal.
We’ll let George explain what he was up to:
It was not all tromping through sets, though. I also spent two days locked in a room with Ryan Condal and his writing staff (Sara Hess, Ti Mikkel, David Hancock, and Philippa Goslett) talking about the third and fourth seasons of HOUSE OF THE DRAGON. They were lively, fun discussions, and we got some good work done… though two days was not nearly enough. There is so much ground to cover that I am not sure twenty days would have been enough.
He goes on to reveal he saw a rough cut of the first two episodes, and described them as “powerful” and “[v]ery dark”.
One more, speculative note regarding George’s visit to the UK. He mentioned various people he met with, and one name leapt out: Meredith Glynn, a writer and producer on shows such as Supernatural and The Boys, and co-showrunner of Amazon Prime’s upcoming historical dramedy My Lady Jane. Perhaps there’s some shared agents or acquaintances, and it’s nothing more. But with HBO still pondering a number of potential successor shows for the future, would it be surprising if there have been names attached to potentially lead these other shows if they go forward? Again, purely speculation… but the fact that she’s a fan of A Song of Ice and Fire, as evidenced by her participation in a podcast with some other superfans, seems kind of interesting.