About those Game of Thrones spinoffs

When news broke that HBO is developing up to four new Game of Thrones spinoffs, the Internet went into a frenzy. GOT is obviously a huge franchise and HBO will leverage that as much as it could. Speculations abound on what these spinoffs will be. George R.R. Martin, though, always has his ears to the track and has set the record straight via a blog post. Firstly, don’t call these new shows, “spinoffs.”

From Martin:

 For what it’s worth, I don’t especially like the term “spinoff,” and I don’t think it really applies to these new projects. What we’re talking about are new stories set in the “secondary universe” (to borrow Tolkien’s term) of Westeros and the world beyond, the world I created for A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE… None of these new shows will be ‘spinning off’ from GOT in the traditional sense… Every one of the concepts under discussion is a prequel, rather than a sequel. Some may not even be set on Westeros. Rather than ‘spinoff’ or ‘prequel,’ however, I prefer the term ‘successor show.’ That’s what I’ve been calling them.

Oh, and if you’re wondering:

 And yes, before someone asks, I AM STILL WORKING ON WINDS OF WINTER and will continue working on it until it’s done.