Feeling like it's been a Westerosi winter since the Game of Thrones Season 6 finale?
Wondering how you'll survive once the show wraps up after its 13 remaining episodes?
Well, if you're jonesing for more GoT to the point that you're looking into direwolf adoption and considering moving to the Mexican border just to be near a giant wall, then have we got good news for you.
HBO announced today that it's exploring four different options in terms of Westeros-based spinoffs.
The network hasn't revealed how many of the four premises will be picked up, but considering the massive budget required to produce shows like GoT, execs will probably only green light one at a time.
Still, Game of Thrones junkies (or Throners, as we like to call them) are holding out hope that there might be multiple GRRM-inspired projects on the way.
The announcement marks the first time that HBO has pursued a follow-up to one of its series.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the network will evaluate four scripts by four different writers:
Stories by Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island, Fox’s Minority Report); Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Secret Service, X-Men: First Class); Brian Helgeland (A Knight’s Tale, L.A. Confidential); and Carly Wray (Mad Men) have already been commissioned.
Goldman and Wray will both be working in tandem with George R.R. Martin, which will likely put them at an advantage.
Network execs assure fans that no matter what direction they choose to go in, Martin and current showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will all be involved in some capacity.
“Weiss and Benioff continue to work on finishing up the seventh season and are already in the midst of writing and preparing for the eighth and final season,” HBO said in a statement.
“We have kept them up to date on our plans and they will be attached, along with George R. R. Martin, as executive producers on all projects. We will support them as they take a much-deserved break from writing about Westeros once the final season is complete.”
HBO has offered few details about the nature of the projects except to say that each will “explore different time periods of George R. R. Martin’s vast and rich universe.”
Hopefully, they'll soon issue another statement to quash those rumors about a Game of Thrones-Westworld crossover.
As much as we love both series, there's pretty much no way that could not be corny.
If you're still itching for your fix of dragons and gratuitous nudity, check out the first pics from Season 7 in the gallery below, and don't forget that you can always watch Game of Thrones online at TV Fanatic.