George R.R. Martin confirmed this week that five, rather than the originally reported four, Game of Thrones spin-offs will be coming to HBO.
In addition, the author made sure to mention on his Twitter: “And yes, before someone asks, I AM STILL WORKING ON WINDS OF WINTER and will continue working on it until it’s done.” Martin spoke in greater depth about the potential new series, which he prefers not to call spinoffs: “What we’re talking about are new stories set in the ‘secondary universe’ (to borrow Tolkien’s term) of Westeros and the world beyond, the world I created for A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE.”
He continued: “None of these new shows will be ‘spinning off’ from GOT in the traditional sense. We are not talking Joey or AfterMASH or even Frazier or Lou Grant, where characters from one show continue on to another. So all of you who were hoping for the further adventures of Hot Pie are doomed to disappointment.”
The shows are due to be prequels to the Game of Thrones series, rather than sequels. However, the author dubbed them ‘successor shows’ rather than spin-offs.
He continued on to mention that he has had meetings alongside HBO show runners regarding the shows since back in August.
It began as only two possible series, but now has moved on to five.
Four shows are due to be written by Jane Goldman, Max Borenstein, Carly Wray, and Brian Helgeland. The fifth was a last-second addition:
“We had four scripts in development when I arrived in LA last week, but by the time I left we had five. We have added a fifth writer to the original four. No, I will not reveal the name here. HBO announced the names of the first four, and will no doubt announce the fifth as well, once his deal has closed. He’s a really terrific addition, however, a great guy and a fine writer.”
Martin made sure to tell fans that what they are working on five scripts for pilots, and “How many pilots will be filmed, and how many series might come out of that, remains to be seen.”