George RR Martin has addressed the question of whether or not current Game of Thrones characters will feature in HBOs prequels.
Taking to his blog on Sunday night he revealed he has a bit of an objection to the term 'spinoff' given it usually refers to a sequel using at least one pre-existing character.
"None of these shows will be 'spinning off'' from GoT in the traditional sense. We are not talking Joey or AfterMASH or even [Frasier] or Lou Grant, where characters from one show continue on to another.
"So all of you who were hoping for the further adventures of Hot Pie are doomed to disappointment. Every one of the concepts under discussion is a prequel, rather than a sequel. Some may not even be set in Westeros."
Martin also revealed that there is now a firth project in the works and he is co-writer on two but will be involved in all.
"I've actually been working with all four of the writers. Every one of the four has visited me here in Santa Fe, some of them more than once, and we've spent days together discussing their ideas, the history of Westeros and the world beyond, and sundry details found only in The World of Ice & Fire and The Lands of Ice & Fire... when we weren't drinking margaritas and eating chile rellenos and visiting Meow Wolf.
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"They are all amazing talents, and I am excited to be working with them. In between visits, I've been in touch with them by phone, text and email, and I expect there will be a lot more back-and-forth as we move forward."
He also confirmed that none of the prequels will come from his Dunk & Egg tales and also said they will not explore Robert's Rebellion.
Of Dunk & Egg he said: "I don't want to repeat what happened with Game of Thrones itself, where the show gets ahead of the books," and regarding Robert's Rebellion he added, "I know there's a petition... but by the time I finish writing A Song of Ice & Fire, you will know every important thing that happened in Robert's Rebellion."
He also stated he wishes he could clone himself to finish The Winds of Winter.
Game of Thrones is partly filmed in Northern Ireland and is set to premiere its seventh series in July.