P.S. You'll see at least one spin-off
HBO has closed deals with five writers -- Jane Goldman, Brian Helgeland, Max Borenstein, Carly Wray, and Cogman -- to explore ideas for Game of Thrones spinoff and prequel shows. Just don't expect to see them onscreen immediately. "You're not going to see a situation where the next show in the Thrones universe launches off the back of this one," Bloys told EW. "The show that Dan and David have created will get its proper send off first. We wouldn't want to take away from that in any way."
And don't expect any of them to be continuations of, say, Ae(Jon)'s exploits. "Every episode of The Naked City -- one of the television shows I watched as a kid -- ended with a voiceover: 'There are 8 million stories in the naked city,'" Martin said. "There are 8 million stories in Westeros as well… and even more in Essos and the lands beyond."
One more caveat: "You should not expect to see all five shows" at once, Martin added on his blog. "Much as I might love the idea, HBO is not about to become the Game of Thrones network," he wrote, "but we could possibly see two or even three make it to the pilot stage, with one series emerging on air in 2019 or 2020… and the others maybe later, if they come out as well as we all hope."