George RR Martin Says HBO Now Has Five GAME OF THRONES Prequels In Development

But which one will make it to air?

As pointed out by the folks at Variety, George R.R. Martin has dropped some new information about HBO's ongoing attempts to line up a Game Of Thrones spin-off, which - given the fact that Game Of Thrones is nearing the end of its run - is becoming a bigger and bigger priority for the network every day.

Writes Martin on his blog:

“We had four scripts in development when I arrived in L.A. last week, but by the time I left we had five. We have added a fifth writer to the original four.”

The previously announced writers are Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island), Jane Goldman (Kingsman), Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential), and Carly Wray (Mad Men). Who's the fifth writer? No idea! Martin's not saying, and we won't venture a guess. He did, however, take the time to dispel a few ongoing theories about which character the Game Of Thrones prequel might revolve around:

“We’re not doing Dunk & Egg. Eventually, sure, I’d love that, and so would many of you. But I’ve only written and published three novellas to date, and there are at least seven or eight or ten more I want to write. We’re not doing Robert’s Rebellion either. I know thousands of you want that, I know there’s a petition…but by the time I finish writing A Song of Ice & Fire, you will know every important thing that happened in Robert’s Rebellion.”

Now, just because multiple prequel spin-offs are being written does not mean HBO's actually going to produce five different spin-offs: our understanding is that a decision will be made upon their completion, and one will get chosen to go ahead. Oh, and while we're on the subject, Martin says these aren't spin-offs so much as they are prequels (everybody's favorite thing!), or "successor shows", if ya nasty:

“We are not talking Joey or AfterMASH or even Frazier or Lou Grant, where characters from one show continue on to another. Every one of the concepts under discussion is a prequel, rather than a sequel. Some may not even be set on Westeros. Rather than ‘spinoff’ or ‘prequel,’ however, I prefer the term ‘successor show.’ That’s what I’ve been calling them.”

The seventh season of Game Of Thrones premieres on HBO on July 16th. Y'all ready for it? And more importantly, are you ready for a Game Of Thrones prequel series? Sound off in the comments below.