HBO's Game of Thrones has been on-air for what feels like forever. If I met past Mustafa, ie the version of me six years ago when that show first came out, I wouldn't even know who the hell I was, that's how long it feels. Granted, it's only been six years, but still.
Considering that George R.R. Martin pretty much has the series all figured out and things seem like they're coming to an end, fans are already kinda freaking out about the possibility of not having anything to look forward to on a Sunday night. Even when the show's not on air, the Internet's rife with fan theories and all other sorts of Seven Kingdoms gossip to keep them occupied until the next season.
But when there are no more seasons left to watch, how will they get their fill of swords and sex and treachery?
How about five more spinoff shows? That do it for ya?
That's right, George R.R. Martin himself has confirmed that there are five potential spinoff shows from the wildly popular series that are currently being planned by HBO, meaning that we'll have many, many years of stories to come out of the Seven Kingdoms to keep us occupied for a very, very long time.
"Every one of the four has visited me here in Santa Fe, some of them more than once, and we've spent days together discussing their ideas, the history of Westeros and the world beyond, and sundry details found only in The World of Ice & Fire and The Lands of Ice & Fire," Martin wrote on his LiveJournal.
Martin's working closely with five different writers from HBO on separate pilot scripts for the series.
"What we do have here is an order for four — now five — pilot scripts. How many pilots will be filmed, and how many series might come out of that, remains to be seen," Martin wrote.
Martin's only announced the identities of four of the writers: Max Borenstein, Jane Goldman, Brian Helgeland, and Carly Wray. The writer of the fifth pilot hasn't been named.
As for what the spinoffs will be about, Martin divulged more of what they won't be about. And that they're all prequels.
There have been some murmurs about a possible spinoff series about Robert's Rebellion, but Martin shot that idea down:
"By the time I finish writing A SONG OF ICE & FIRE, you will know every important thing that happened in Robert's Rebellion. There would be no surprises or revelations left in such a show, just the acting out of conflicts whose resolutions you already know. That's not a story I want to tell just now; it would feel too much like a twice-told tale."
He also said that none of the prequels that were in development have anything to do with his short stories about a hedge Knight and his squire, Dunk and Egg, either.
"We're not doing Dunk & Egg. Eventually, sure, I'd love that, and so would many of you. But I've only written and published three novellas to date, and there are at least seven or eight or ten more I want to write. We all know how slow I am, and how fast a television show can move. I don't want to repeat what happened with GAME OF THRONES itself, where the show gets ahead of the books. When the day comes that I've finished telling all my tales of Dunk & Egg, then we'll do a tv show about them... but that day is still a long ways off."
Before we only had to deal with fan theories about one show, but five? That's enough for Game of Thrones all year round. And I don't think I'm ready for that jelly, but I'm down to find out.