Speaking to EW, the author of A Song of Ice And Fire series explained:
"Every episode of The Naked City – one of the television shows I watched as a kid – ended with a voice-over: ‘There are eight million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them.' There are eight million stories in Westeros as well … and even more in Essos and the lands beyond. A whole world full of stories, waiting to be told… if indeed HBO is interested."
Now we know why it's taking Martin so long to write The Winds Of Winter — he's already busy daydreaming about spin-offs!
Though fans who want to see a prequel set during Robert Baratheon's rebellion featuring Ned Stark actually being alive might have to keep waiting. According to Martin:
"The most natural follow-up would be an adaptation of my Dunk & Egg stories."
The Dunk & Egg stories are more or less Westeros' version of a '70s buddy-cop TV show — which take place about 90 years before the events of the TV series.
These novellas tell the tale of a traveling "hedge knight" Ser Duncan the Tall, who later becomes a member of the Kingsguard, and his squire Egg, who later becomes King Aegon V Targaryen of the Seven Kingdoms — Daenerys' great grandfather!
Noting that Dunk & Egg and its sequels "are lighter" in tone than the action/adventure saga of A Song of Ice and Fire, Martin suggests:
"Each of the novellas could easily be done as a two-hour stand-alone movie for television; that would probably be the ideal way to do them, rather than as an ongoing weekly series."
While the author said there have yet to be any serious conversations about what projects could follow GoT, it's good to know he already has a new batch of characters already waiting to be killed off!
Speaking of killing, the newest teaser for Season 6 FINALLY shows us the corpse of Jon Snow — along with a bunch of other intense action!
Ch-ch-check it out (below) and catch the return of GoT on April 24!