Vanity Fair

Only four Game of Thrones spin-offs can come to the phone right now? Why. Oh cause the fifth one is dead. ✌?

Yup. Dead. R.I.P. It’s gone. Adios. The news comes straight from George R.R. Martin, who shared the news on his blog (which is called NOT A BLOG).

Martin gave fans some clarity after HBO officially ordered its first Game of Thrones spin-off last week. While this prequel will take place thousands of years before the events seen in the main series, additional spin-offs were not ruled out—but it looks like one already didn’t make the cut.

First he clarifies that these are all prequels, and not sequels, and that there will be new faces.

“Yes, this is a prequel, not a sequel. None of the characters or actors from GAME OF THRONES will appear in the new show. All of the successor shows we’ve been developing have been prequels, as I have mentioned before. This one really puts the PRE in prequel, since it is set not ninety years before GAME OF THRONES (like Dunk & Egg), or a few hundred years, but rather ten thousand years (well, assuming the oral histories of the First Men are accurate, but there are maesters at the Citadel who insist it has only been half that long). We’re very early in the process, of course, with the pilot order just in, so we don’t have a director yet, or a cast, or a location, or even a title. (My vote would be THE LONG NIGHT, which says it all, but I’d be surprised if that’s where we end up. More likely HBO will want to work the phrase “Game of Thrones” in there somewhere. We’ll know sooner or later).”

Then he just casually drops one show is out. BOOM. BYE.

“As for the other successor shows… if you have been following along, you know that we started with four, and eventually went to five.   One of those has been shelved, I am given to understand, and of course Jane’s pilot is now moving to film. But that does not mean the others are dead. Three more GAME OF THRONES prequels, set in different periods and featuring different characters and storylines, remain in active development. Everything I am told indicates that we could film at least one more pilot, and maybe more than one, in the years to come. We do have an entire world and tens of thousands of years of history to play with, after all.  But this is television, so nothing is certain.”

Martin ends his blog post reassuring fans that his work on Winds of Winter continues, and remains his top priority. Sit tight, some good stuff is coming.