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There Are 5 'Game of Thrones' Spin-Offs in Development — Here's What We Know

Get ready for plenty more from Westeros after Season 8 ends next year.

There Are 5 'Game of Thrones' Spin-Offs in Development — Here's What We Know

There are five Game of Thrones successor series (author George R.R. Martin hates the term "spin-off") currently being written for HBO. That's five separate TV shows based in the Known World of the Game of Thrones universe with most of them reportedly set in Westeros, home to the Iron Throne. Martin pitched a couple ideas himself, other writers pitched theirs, and that's where we stand as of now. 

Back in May, Martin confirmed this news on his blog and talked a little more in depth about what we should expect. Here are the highlights from that post:

  • None of the five new shows will center on any current Game of Thrones character. The new shows will introduce entirely new characters from the Known World.

  • Some (or all) of the shows will be prequels. That is, they will take place before the events of Game of Thrones, the TV series. Martin avoids the terms "prequels" and "spin-offs" deliberately, however. He calls the new series "successor shows."

  • Some of the new shows will be set in Westeros, but some may not be.

  • Martin will be involved in the creation of all five series, and one of them he pitched himself.

  • The five new shows are currently in development and we know the writers behind four of them: Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island), Jane Goldman (X-Men: First Class), Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential), and Carly Wray (Mad Men). All four writers have visited Martin at his Santa Fe residence and involved the Thrones mastermind in the writing of each. 

  • The fifth writer is still a mystery, but we know it's a man.

  • Martin also tempered fans' expectations by cautioning that the five scripts currently in development are just that: scripts. Their existence doesn't mean they will ever see the light of day. "Nothing is ever certain (in Hollywood)." According to Martin.

  • None of the series will be about Robert's Rebellion, as some fans have hoped for. Martin explained his two unfinished Song of Ice and Fire novels will tell us everything we don't know yet about the rebellion, and any TV show would be redundant and predictable.

  • None of the new series will be about Dunk and Egg, the subjects of three (so far) Martin novellas that take place before the events of A Song of Ice and Fire. For those unfamiliar, "Dunk" is Ser Duncan the Tall, a legendary knight of the Kingsguard. Egg is his squire who eventually becomes King Aegon V Targaryen. Martin wants to complete all the Dunk and Egg stories before a TV show is written to avoid TV passing the books in timeline, like on Thrones.

Aside from Martin's blog post, little else has been gleaned about these five tantalizing new series. However, one of the writers, Jane Goldman, recently told IGN that Thrones fans should recognize the material she's adapting for her show:

"Yeah, I think I can say if I was able to say what mine was — yeah, I think as a book reader or as someone who watched the series, you would say, 'Oh, that! OK.' Yeah, it would be recognizable as a past event, but I think that’s probably as far as I can go."

While that quote tells us little, it's interesting to know at least one of the new shows will deal with material hardcore fans will recognize. Might it be the Doom of Valyria perhaps? The life of Bran the Builder? Maybe we'll see how the Wall was made or the events preceding The Long Night. 

One new bit of news we can share is the December 12, 2017 release date of Game of Thrones Season 7 on blu-ray, DVD, and digital. Pre-order your copies now, and check out the below clip from Game of Thrones Conquest & Rebellion: An Animated History of the Seven Kingdoms. The 45-minute bonus disc is a limited time inclusion in the Season 7 blu-ray and a continuation of the History and Lore featurettes included on past releases. This new one is narrated by Harry Lloyd (who plays Viserys Targaryen in Season 1).