– by Joseph Jammer Medina

A few weeks back, Game of Thrones ended its seventh season. It was a furious and fast-paced season, and it made some fans wondered why HBO seemed to be in such a rush to end it. With all the story they went through, it seemed like the show could actually last a few seasons longer. Yet despite what fans hope for, the reality is that there is only one six-episode season left in Game of Thrones.

For some time now, we’ve known that HBO has been anticipating the end of the show, and has been developing four prquel series, a couple of which author George R.R. Martin is working with directly. To clarify, they aren’t planning on running four separate series, but they are developing four, and seeing which one(s) come out on top as the strongest. They will then potentially greenlight the best series for production.

Well, looks like you can add another series to the list. TheWrap is reporting that Bryan Cogman, a writer who’s been with Game of Thrones since the very first season of the series is penning another prequel idea with Martin. This gives us a grand total of five series in development to potentially take over when Game of Thrones ends.

It’s important to clarify just what these series are. While they are connected to Game of Thrones in that they take place in the same world, there is a reason why they aren’t called “spinoffs.” They will not be following any characters that exist in Game of Thrones, and would follow brand new characters set in a world of Ice and Fire.

It sounds like HBO has the right idea. Given that Game of Thrones is their jewel in the crown, they don’t want to just greenlight any old series. In brainstorming many ideas and picking the strongest one(s), they ensure it’ll be a strong follow-up that fans can really engage with. Best not to put all their eggs in one basket when the stakes are so high. Plus, with Martin involved in many of them, here’s hoping it’ll retain some of the important DNA of the books and original series.

What do you think of HBO adding a fifth series? Do you think they’re trying too hard to juggle things, or does it not matter so long as the final product works? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.