George RR Martin on Writers Strike Influence on Home of the Dragon

The ongoing WGA strike is constant to have wide-reaching ramifications even only a week after it started—however as an increasing number of creatives publicly come out in support of writing workers putting for dwelling wages and job protections in an business in search of to automate their work, the extra some are having to sort out the powerful query of what occurs to reveals that carry on manufacturing within the meantime.

In a lengthy post on his personal site Not a Blog launched over the weekend, George R.R. Martin—who after all on high of being a novelist can also be a member of the WGA for his screenwriting work, and subsequently additionally on strike—went deep on his assist for his fellow writers, in addition to to, after all, remind folks that this does not have an effect on The Winds of Winter in any approach possible. However he additionally took the chance to debate the a number of variations of his work which are in varied levels of manufacturing for the time being, together with Home of the Dragon season two, which has been the main focus of ire for its announced intent to maintain filming with out writers on set.

As Martin himself defined, the strike implies that no adjustments could be made to scripts as of Might 1—no line alterations, no re-writes to accommodate an actor’s efficiency concept or manufacturing logistics on the day of filming, no nothing. It is a important component of the writing course of even effectively after scripts are “locked” and a part of the explanation why reveals like Home of the Dragon or Andor persevering with manufacturing throughout the strike has confirmed controversial to audiences within the final week. However despite that, Martin insists that Home of the Dragon might be advantageous.

“Throughout the ocean, the second season of Home of the Dragon began filming April 11 and can proceed in London and Wales. The scripts for the eight s2 episodes had been all completed months in the past, lengthy earlier than the strike started,” Martin wrote. “Each episode has gone via 4 or 5 drafts and quite a few rounds of revisions, to deal with HBO notes, my notes, finances considerations, and so on. There might be no additional revisions. The writers have achieved their jobs; the remaining is within the arms of the administrators, solid and crew… and naturally the dragons.”

This doesn’t change a few of the considerations across the significance of getting writers on set throughout filming already established, however Martin just isn’t precisely explaining this to defend the studios that aren’t accepting the WGA’s calls for, both.

“I’ve been via a number of of those [strikes] since I first began writing for tv and movie in 1986. The 1988 strike, the primary I used to be part of, lasted 22 weeks, the longest in Hollywood historical past,” Martin added. “The 2007-2008 strike, the latest, went for 100 days. This one might go longer. The problems are extra vital, and I’ve by no means seen the Guild so united as it’s now.”

The author additionally famous that the strike is being supported by different productions adapting his work. The lately introduced Hedge Knight: Knight of the Seven Kingdoms sequence, adapting his Dunk and Egg novellas, has paused its writers room throughout the strike, whereas the way forward for the difference of Wild Playing cards, which has been handed on by Peacock, will now be determined after the strike is over.


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