Come 2018, there will be a huge void in the lives of innumerable audiences across the globe as the blockbuster and game changing HBO prime time show Game of Thrones will end its run. Its seventh season airs in July 2017 and the eighth and final season airs in 2018 as confirmed by lead writers and show runners David Benioff and Dan Weiss. But then as is the tradition with HBO, known to shock its viewers; comes a cracker of an announcement, which will shock all men and women. Game of Thrones will be back with 4 more spin-off shows if all goes well. These shows will be prequel stories to events of the main show. Yes, you read that right. Winter will come again. The follow-up series might begin mid-2019 or early 2020.

The 38 time Emmy winner till now is HBO's most watched series ever and also the most watched show in the world. It has an audience base of millions, specifically 23.8 million weekly as per HBO for its sixth season. So it's hardly a surprise that HBO is considering to invest more for prequels. Digging deep, HBO says that its current lead writer duo of Benioff and Weiss won't write the spin-offs anymore but will serve as executive producers. Interestingly, George R.R. Martin, the man behind the GOT books will serve as a co-writer on two the four shows.

Revealing further, we get to know that HBO has tapped four writers to explore about four different time periods of Martin's fantasy world. The writer involved will be Max Borstein (Minority Report, Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island) for the first show. Jane Goldman (Stardust, Kick-Ass, Kingsman: The secret service, Kingsman: The Golden circle, X-men: Days of Future Past and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children) and George R.R. Martin for the second show; Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, A knight's tale, Legend, Robin Hood, Man on Fire, Mystic river) working on the third show. The fourth show will be penned b y Carly Wray (Mad Men, The Bastard Executioner, Constantine, The Leftovers) and George R.R. Martin.

Speculations

The possibilities for the spin-off plots are endless: Robert's Rebellion? Aegean's Conquest? The Dance of Dragons? The Blackfyre Rebellion? The Doom of Valyria? The Night's King? The Andal Invasion? But Martin's presence on the project may provide a hint as to what at least one of these prequel series might be. A year ago, George Martin told Entertainment Weekly of a potential spin-off. He said that the obvious follow-up to the series would be the adaptation of Dunk and Egg stories. He added that every novella could be made into a single movie of two hours for TV, which as per him is an ideal way rather than making a weekly series. The Hedge Knight and its sequels would be much lighter in tone as compared to A Song of Ice and Fire.

So let's hope and keep our fingers crossed for even more magic, politics, and drama from this vast and rich universe.