Game of Thrones is drawing ever closer to its end, but the door to Westeros won't be staying closed for long.
As was inevitable, given Game of Thrones is one of the biggest and most successful TV shows in history, HBO will be making spin-offs. This is something they've hinted and said they wanted to do before, but now they've confirmed stories are being worked on. Not just one, but FOUR of them.
Four writing teams have been assembled, two of them featuring George R.R. Martin himself - if his go ahead, we can probably be kissing goodbye to the faint hope of getting The Winds of Winter anytime soon (and even less chance of A Dream of Spring, sadly). Nonetheless, the talent assembled is exciting: Martin will work on one with Carly Wray (Mad Men), and another with Jane Goldman (Kingsman, Kick-Ass). The others are being written by Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island, Godzilla) and Brian Helgeland (A Knight’s Tale) respectively.
Of course, speculation has long been rife as to what a Thrones spin-off would be about, and that's only intensifying with this concrete news. Martin himself has said that there are 8 million stories to be told about Westeros and Essos, so to focus in on just four is no easy task.
Some seem obvious (Martin has also spoken about the potential for adapting The Tales of Dunk & Egg, his Westeros-set novellas), others more fanciful (and expensive). It almost seems a moot point, because most Thrones fans will watch whatever they make next, but there are some of those Westeros stories that could make for another rich, epic TV series - and some that shouldn't be explored further.