Game of Thrones is coming to an end. Lucky for viewers, a number of spin-offs will soften the loss, but as with all seasons of GoT, it's safe to assume it'll be years before the next one hits HBO. According to A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin, however, fans may have nothing to worry about: one of five upcoming spin-offs could hit the network as early as 2019, only one year after Game of Thrones ends. Praise the lord of light: our next GoT fix is maybe actually soon-ish.
Martin, whose novels were the source material for GoT, shared a number of details on the spin-offs on his Facebook page on Sept. 21.
"And then there were five... GAME OF THRONES successor shows, that is," the author wrote. "Truth be told, we've had five scripts in various stages of development for months. Which I believe I mentioned...But now at last all the deals are signed, and it can be told."
He went on to share that long-time GoT writer Bryan Cogman will write one of the five successor shows, adding that all of the spin-offs will indeed be prequels. Cogman's show will be an adaptation that will "thrill fans," set during "a very exciting period of Westerosi history."
Martin also lauded the other writers developing the prequels, Jane Goldman, Brian Helgeland, Max Borenstein, and Carly Wray.
But perhaps the best news came in his conclusion:
"You should not expect to see all five shows, though, at least not immediately.. much as I might love the idea, HBO is not about to become the GAME OF THRONES network," he joked. "But we could possibly see two or even three make it to the pilot stage, with one series emerging on air in 2019 or 2020... and the others maybe later, if they come out as well as we all hope."
Here's our approximate level of excitement: