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“Is that right, George?” Photo: HBO Asia

There are apparently FIVE GOT spinoffs in the works, and neither Dunk and Egg nor Robert’s Rebellion will be the subject of the prequel series. And you know that’s true because George R.R. Martin said it, and he actually wrote Game of Thrones long before there was even a whiff of a TV series.

Writing on his LiveJournal page, Martin revealed that besides Max Borenstein, Jane Goldman, Brian Helgeland, and Carly Wray, another writer is at work on a fifth potential spinoff of the high fantasy. But while Martin is involved in all the spinoffs, he would not say who the fifth man – or woman – is.

“We had four scripts in development when I arrived in L.A. last week, but by the time I left we had five. I do think it’s very unlikely that we’ll be getting four (or five) series. At least not immediately. What we do have here is an order for four — now five — pilot scripts. How many pilots will be filmed, and how many series might come out of that, remains to be seen. (If we do get five series on the air, I might have to change my name to Dick Direwolf).”

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“Will we be in the spinoffs too?” ©HBO

It was revealed last week that HBO is working on multiple Game of Thrones spinoffs, despite show runners Dan Weiss and David Benioff previously stating that they were against the idea of extending the hugely popular series. Now, the duo will serve as executive producers on any of the spinoffs that do materialise.

Martin also debunked two popular theories circulating on the internet that Ser Duncan the Tall and Aegon the Unlikely – a.k.a. Dunk and Egg – and Robert’s Rebellion would be among the subjects of the spinoffs. Dunk and Egg are the central duo in Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novellas who eventually – spoiler alert!meet their end at the Targaryen stronghold known as Summerhall.

Meanwhile, Robert’s Rebellion is the story of House Baratheon’s uprising against the Targaryens – aided by House Stark – that eventually led to Robert Baratheon claiming the Iron Throne. It would be a chance to see younger versions of Ned Stark (Sean Bean), Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey).

“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. There would be no surprises or revelations left in such a show, just the acting out of conflicts whose resolutions you already know. That’s not a story I want to tell just now; it would feel too much like a twice-told tale.”

Game of Thrones season 7 premieres on HBO on July 16.