Fans of the widely successful, award-winning HBO drama "Game of Thrones" no longer need to be sad that the series will end next year with its eighth season. The reason behind this is that creator George R.R. Martin is already working on not one but several potential spinoffs of the show. The latest news surrounding the prolific novelist is that he's already working on the fifth potential spinoff of his Emmy Award-winning series.

Martin takes to Livejournal for new update

The 68-eyar old novelist has posted a new update on his Livejournal, in which he details the future of "Game of Thrones" spinoffs.

Initially, news broke out that there are already four spinoffs in the works in HBO, but as per Martin's latest update, there are now five. He wrote, "We had four scripts in development when I arrived in LA last week, but by the time I left we had five."

Martin also cleared up some rumors about the lineup of writers he's working with for the upcoming "Game of Thrones" spinoffs. He explained that he is currently working with four writers for the new projects, and has added a fifth writer into the mix, but refused to name who he was or his credits. He did assure fans that "he's a terrific addition" who is also "a great guy and a fine writer" who "knows and loves Westeros."

New projects aren't really spinoffs

In the lengthy updated posted on his Livejournal, Martin explained that the new "Game of Thrones" projects are really spinoffs, in which characters from the series will have their own show.

Instead, he explained that all the new projects that they are currently discussing are in fact "prequels." He wrote, "None of these new shows will be 'spinning off' from GOT in the traditional sense."

So for those who are hoping to see Emilia Clarke in her own "Game of Thrones" spinoff are in for a disappointment. Martin said so himself.

Nonetheless, fans of the writer should be glad to know that he is still working on "Winds of Winter," as per his confirmation. He reiterated that he is extremely busy juggling his writing for both the five new projects and his novels, but reassures fans that he loves his job.

Waiting game for the next 'Game of Thrones' projects

For now, fans of the HBO drama series need to wait on the "Game of Thrones" spinoffs, because it's still in the early development stages. Martin explained that nothing is yet set in stone. He shared, "Decades of experience in television and film have taught me that nothing is ever really certain." What fans can bank on right now is the fact that he's continuing to work with Max Borenstein, Jane Goldman, Brian Helgeland, Carly Wray, and a yet-unnamed fifth writer for the upcoming projects. For now, fans will have to wait and tune into his Livejournal for developments on these new projects.