How's this for a spin-off idea: Walter White heads to Westeros! George R.R. Martin would certainly be up for it. The 'Game of Thrones' author was so thoroughly blown away by last Sunday's emotionally draining episode of 'Breaking Bad' (join the club!), that it's even inspired him to think about adding a Walter White-type character to the show.
'Ozymandias' drew a series high 6.4 million viewers and revealed Walter White at his most cruelest moments yet — which got Martin thinking. "Amazing series. Amazing episode last night. Talk about a gut punch," Martin wrote in a blog post Monday afternoon. "Walter White is a bigger monster than anyone in Westeros. (I need to do something about that)."
Someone more evil than Joffrey? It's hard to imagine such a thing person could exist. But if 'Red Wedding' is any indication, 'Thrones' is just as capable of making our hearts race and blood pressure rise to unhealthy levels as 'Bad' can. So who knows what he'll think of next, especially with Mr. White as his inspiration.
The author also went on to predict his HBO series' chances at Sunday's Primetime Emmys, where 'Thrones' will go head-to-head with 'Breaking Bad,' 'Downton Abbey,' 'Mad Men,' 'House of Cards,' and 'Homeland' for Outstanding Drama Series. And apparently, he thinks the odds are in his favor.
"This is the final season of 'Breaking Bad.' I think 'Game of Thrones' may have a shot at upsetting 'BB' for this year's Emmy (only a shot, though, I think they are the clear favorite), which pits us against their previous season...but there's no way in hell that anyone is going to defeat 'Breaking Bad' next year, when their last season is the one in contention," Martin wrote.
He argued that the big splash 'Thrones' made with its much talked-about 'Red Wedding' episode may give the show a leg up on the competition this year. "Our profile is likely as high as it is ever going to be. We had a great season. If the Academy is ever going to give their ultimate accolade to a fantasy show (something that is by no means certain), it's going to be this year, I think," Martin predicted. We'll just have to wait and see if he's right.
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The Primetime Emmy Awards airs Sunday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. on CBS.