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George R.R. Martin Has ‘Thousands Of Pages Of Material’ For A Game Of Thrones Prequel Series

But don’t expect one anytime soon

With the end of Game of Thrones nearly in sight, would HBO consider developing a spin-off series to keep our dreams — and the cable network's ratings — alive? Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin added fuel to the speculation fire earlier this year when he expressed his interest in a Tales of Dunk and Egg prequel series. However, now Martin says those rumors have been greatly exaggerated — at least for now.

Speaking backstage at the Emmys with other members of the Thrones cast and crew, Martin said, via Vulture, "At the moment we still have this show to finish and I still have two books to finish so that's all speculation."

But that doesn't mean that it won't happen. Given the scope of Martin's world-building, it's hard to imagine that HBO wouldn't capitalize on all that extraneous history. The tales of young Ned Stark, Lyanna Stark, Robert Baratheon, and Rhaegar Targaryen would make for a fascinating limited series. Even Martin agrees: "I do have thousands of pages of fake history of everything that led up to Game of Thrones, so there's a lot of material there, and I'm writing more."

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As for Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, they don't have any interest in returning to Westeros after the drama series wraps. "It's a great world that George created," Benioff said backstage at the Emmys. "I think it's a very rich world, and I'm sure there will be other series set in Westeros, but for us, this is it."

Hey, here's an idea: Let's talk about another series after Martin completes A Song of Ice of Fire. We still have two more books to go, GRRM — no more distractions!