The yearlong waits between seasons of Game of Thrones are painful. When the hit HBO series first came out in 2011, some people were quick to dismiss it as a nerd show thanks to the fantasy elements. That quickly changed, however. People who never watched fantasy in their lives were suddenly hooked on the world of Westeros.
Fans of author George R.R. Martin‘s book series are laughing their heads off–they knew how awesome the Song of Ice and Fire series was long before it hit the mainstream. The seven book series isn’t completed yet, and the Game of Thrones TV series is quickly passing up where the books left off. Some fans are a little concerned about Martin actually finishing the book series, but in the meantime we’re not complaining that he’s got several other shows in the works.
In fact, he’s got five new Game of Thrones shows on the docket. Martin just confirmed on his blog that there are five scripts in development, all set in the world of Westeros.
“Yes, it’s true. More or less,” he said of the rumors of the new programs. “For what it’s worth, I don’t especially like the term ‘spinoff,’ and I don’t think it applies to these new projects….None of these new shows will be ‘spinning off’ from GOT in the traditional sense….Every one of the concepts under discussion is a prequel rather than a sequel.”
Before you get too excited, however, Martin added that not all of these shows are likely to hit the air. Rather, the uncertainty of television means anywhere from zero to all five of them could get pilots and eventually picked up as a series.
What about the Books?
Finally, he reassured fans that the sixth book in the series, Winds of Winter, is still a priority. “And yes, before someone asks, I AM STILL WORKING ON WINDS OF WINTER and will continue working on it until it’s done,” he said. “I will confess, I do wish I could clone myself, or find a way to squeeze more hours into the day, or a way to go without sleep. But this is what it is, so I keep on juggling.”
Game of Thrones Season 7 will be out on July 16, 2017.