As "#Game of Thrones" prepares to air its final season, details emerged about the possibility of five new spin-offs of the series. Originally HBO suggested four potential spin-offs, but the number increased to five as details emerged about the potential spin-offs. Each would be a prequel to the original series and would focus on a different set of characters and story line as well as the potential for new locations.

The details of the "Game of Thrones" spin-offs

Techie Gamers reported that there was now five "Game of Thrones" prequels in the works. Although there were originally four scripts in the works, there are now five.

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George R.R. Martin, the author of the original books, will be working on all five of the shows, so don't expect a new book from him anytime soon. None of the details of any of the new shows have been released yet except to say that they are prequels, which means any of the major characters who have died could come back. There has been no announcement as to when the scripts will be completed or when the shows will air once they are ready to air.

Spin 1038 reported that author George R.R. Martin said that all of the scripts were prequels, not sequels. He didn't see them as spin-offs, and he thought the stories were similar to J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" in that they would be set in a secondary universe and not necessarily in Westeros. Martin said he preferred not to call the shows a spin-off and called them successor shows instead.

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His latest book, "The Winds of Winter," is still in the works although fans may not see it for awhile because of Martin's current work with the series.

Are the spin-offs really necessary?

Forbes reported that the spin-offs really weren't necessary. Since writing the first book, Martin has only written four additional books, and he's still working on the sixth book in the series. Since the release of the show, the show has overtaken the books in popularity. By the time the fifth book in the series was released in 2011, the first season of the show had already begun to air.

The chances are that all the spin-offs won't see the light of day anyway. Martin has multiple projects in the works, and it includes his current novel as well as the five spin-offs. Fans are clamoring for the sixth book in the series even though no details have been released as to when the next book will be available. For fans of the show that have never read the books, it may not matter. The events in the show aren't always the same as the events in the books, and only the readers will care.There has been a lot of speculation over what will happen in the final season of "Game of Thrones," and fans will have to wait until July to find out. Spoilers have continued to emerge, including one about the impossible return of one of the characters that was killed in Season 6.