Ever just take on too much? You're already running the PTA carnival and playing guitar in a band, and suddenly you find yourself agreeing to serve as fantasy football commissioner and organizing the neighborhood clean-up? Yeah, "Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin just might be one of those guys.
Martin, "Thrones" producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, and cast members answered reporters' questions Sunday night after their second-straight Emmy win for outstanding drama series.
A reporter asked Benioff and Weiss if they'd given any thought to a "Game of Thrones" prequel, and Benioff gave fans some hope before tossing the question to Martin. "I'm sure there will be other series set in Westeros, but for (the producers) this is it," he said. (Fans: He said he's SURE!)
And Martin sounded just like the eager parent who really wants to volunteer at both the school play and field day, but is grudgingly starting to realize he's only one person who actually has to sleep.
"Well I do have thousands of pages of fake history of everything that led up to 'Game of Thrones,' so there's a wealth of material there and I'm still writing more," he said, before coming slightly down to earth. "But at the moment, we still have this show to finish, and I still have two books to finish, so that's all speculation."
It's no surprise to readers of Martin's "Song of Ice and Fire" novels that he's got those thousands of pages. Think about how many pages that is. When you buy one ream for your printer, that's 500 sheets. Now imagine four or more of those reams, with every page covered with histories of mad kings, bizarre deaths, bloody battles and palace coups, all unused in the books that have been published so far.
But when you read the novels, you realize Martin has to have that backstory, because every character appears on the page feeling as if they're already woven into the story's complex canvas.
And, of course, one reporter had to finish the night by asking what would happen to presidential candidate Donald Trump if he were a "Game of Thrones" character. Not sure if that journalist was looking for someone to create a new bloody torture sequence right on the spot, but actor Conleth Hill, who plays Lord Varys, gave a succinct answer. "I think we have more taste than to cast him."