With winter finally here, it seems George R.R. Martin is already feeling nostalgic for spring.
The Game of Thrones author has revealed that he and the show's co-executive producer Bryan Cogman are hard at work on their own prequel to his hit HBO fantasy series to go along with the four others the pay cable network already has ordered into development.
Posting on his LiveJournal, Martin confirmed that a deal has been struck for Cogman to pen a successor drama with the GOT mastermind that's equally worthy of Martin's epic seven-book Song of Ice and Fire saga.
"I'd love to tell you more about the series Bryan will be working on… but we haven't done that for the other four successor shows, so we shouldn't for this one either. All in good time," said the scribe, who hinted that a fifth series was in the works back in May.
"I can say that, like the other pilots, it will be a prequel rather than sequel, a successor rather than a spinoff. Bryan's series will be an adaptation, and one that will thrill most fans of the books, I think, set during a very exciting period of Westeros history. And I'll be working with him every step of the way; we're going to be co-creating the show."
As Thrones devotees know and Martin reminds us, Cogman has been a crucial part of the HBO adaptation. He first got his start as an assistant to showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and quickly moved up the ranks to staff writer and then story editor. After being the only writer to pen the most episodes aside from the show's braintrust ("D & D" as Martin calls them), Cogman has since ascended to supervising producer.
But another fact that makes him uniquely qualified to spearhead the next Game of Thrones adventure is the fact that he's GOT's "Keeper of the Lore."
"He's the guy who knew the canon better than anyone (except me, though sometimes I am not even sure of that)," Martin added. "If D&D have been the kings of Westeros for these past seven seasons, Bryan Cogman has surely been the Prince of Dragonstone."
Talk about high praise from the master.
While Martin is thrilled to be collaborating with Cogman, he cautioned however that fans shouldn't expect that just because HBO has five separate teams working on prequels, they'll see them all.
"HBO is not about to become the GAME OF THRONES network," he noted, "but we could possibly see two or three make it to the pilot stage, with one series emerging on air in 2019 or 2020… and the others maybe later, if they come out as well as we all hope."
Until then, fans can look forward to Martin's long-in-the-works sixth book in the series, The Winds of Winter. And of course, there's Game of Thrones' eighth and final season, which begins shooting in October.