Game Of Thrones creator George R R Martin has revealed there is a fifth spin-off in the works.
The announcement comes two weeks after HBO said it had already hired four writers to work on four different series part of the “vast universe” created by Martin.
“We had four scripts in development when I arrived in LA last week, but by the time I left we had five,” Martin wrote on Sunday.
“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 added.
One of the four writers hired to extend the show’s success is British screenwriter Jane Goldman, who co-wrote the R-rated superhero flick Kick-Ass in 2010.
The other three are Mad Men writer Carly Wray, Brian Helgeland, who penned the crime caper LA Confidential, and Max Borenstein, who co-wrote Kong: Skull Island.
Although Martin did not reveal what the five pilot scripts are about, he did say he did not like the term “spin-off” because it wasn’t quite accurate.
“For what it’s worth, I don’t especially like the term spin-off, and I don’t think it really applies to these new projects,” he said.
“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.
“None of these new shows will be ‘spinning off’ from GOT in the traditional sense. So all of you who were hoping for the further adventures of Hot Pie are doomed to disappointment.”
Martin revealed all projects are prequels, and not sequels to the original show, and that some of them might not even be set in Westeros.
He did not say what the shows would be about, but he did deny rumours of them being around his Tales Of Dunk And Egg novels or about Robert Baratheon’s Rebellion – a topic so popular among fans that a petition was started for Martin to do a spin-off on it.
“We’re not doing Robert’s Rebellion,” he said.
“I know thousands of you want that, I know there’s a petition… but by the time I finish writing A Song Of Ice And Fire, you will know every important thing that happened in Robert’s Rebellion,” he said.
“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.”
The announcement comes as the series is gearing up for its inevitable end, scheduled for 2018.
Martin said that, although five pilot scripts have been ordered by HBO, it is “unlikely” they will all make TV shows.
For now, fans can watch the seventh and penultimate series on Sky Atlantic, starting at 2am on 17 July.