— winter is coming

Because four aren't enough, HBO is thinking about a *fifth* "Game of Thrones" spinoff

Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO

With only fifteen episodes of our beloved Game of Thrones left, it’s time to start saying a slow, tearful goodbye to the HBO hit series. Well, sort of. While Game of Thrones might be ending next year, it was announced last week that HBO had hired four writers to explore other stories within the vast universe of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series.

Now, Martin has revealed that there are actually FIVE different Game of Thrones spinoffs being workshopped — but don’t call them spinoffs. Martin revealed on his Livejournal blog that he’s been working with HBO for months to develop a replacement show and considers the potential replacements to be “extensions” of the series as opposed “spinoffs,” as the new stories will be wholly different from Game of Thrones. After all — as Martin jokes, this isn’t Joey.

Martin revealed that during his latest visit to California last week, a fifth writer was added to work on another idea.

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

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