We’ve been struggling to come to terms with the fact that in just two very short seasons, Game of Thrones is coming to an end, so when we HBO announced that they had deals with a possible *five* different writers to continue the A Song of Ice and Fire world, we were ecstatic.

However, HBO has clarified that they don’t intend to actually produce five different ASOIF shows. While our gut reaction is to ask “Umm… why not?” — the clarification doesn’t come entirely as a surprise as ASOIF creator George R.R. Martin wrote in a LiveJournal post that the network was just testing story ideas.

While we’ve been following these GoT followup ideas like it’s our day job, HBO programming president Casey Bloys revealed to Entertainment Weekly that the new ideas are still in early stages so we shouldn’t be making too assumptions (we’re TRYING not to, we promise).

While we’re still recovering from the sadness that HBO won’t suddenly dedicate itself to solely airing ASOIF content, Bloys went to praise GoT showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for setting “such a high bar” for a series of that caliber and George R.R. Martin for creating such an expansive universe.

We hate to say it but Bloys has a point. It is amazing that there’s so much ASOIF material that HBO is already looking at four possible replacements to the massive Game of Thrones. While we *never* want to say goodbye to Jon Snow and our beloved Daenerys, at least the next ASOIF show will be killer.