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At least one winter is coming before we get any more Game of Thrones, that much is clear. Next year, HBO will release the second-to-last season of the gruesomely popular fantasy epic based on the series by George RR Martin. Then that’s it–after 2018 and the final season, and two more novels, which Martin is still working on, we’re all out of Game of Thrones. Just thirteen more episodes and this Song of Ice and Fire will have been sung.

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Or, so we thought.

Turns out, George RR Martin has been playing a Game of More. He hinted at a prequel while on stage to accept the second consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series for GoT, saying, “I do have thousands of pages of fake history of everything that led up to Game of Thrones, so there’s a lot of material there and I’m writing more.”

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More “fake” history?! Yes, pages and pages of it, apparently, which the 67-year-old writer has squirrelled away somewhere. That’s enough to make the prequel we always knew we’d need one day! Or even better, a series of prequels! It only makes sense. All epic stories have a prequel–just look at Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. They got three movies out of one book!

And the awesome ways Martin could take this back are endless (and, let’s be honest, probably a lot more entertaining than any of The Hobbit movies). We would love to explore the early, marauding days of Davos; or follow Tyrion on his surely-entertaining coming of age story; or be there when The Wall was constructed; or trace Khaleesi’s bloodline back to the time when her ancestors conquered on the backs of dragons.

Now that your hopes are sky high, allow us to bat them down a bit with a reminder that this is all just speculation, and if it does come to fruition, it’ll be quite some time from now.

“At the moment we still have this show to finish and I still have two books to finish so that’s all speculation,” said Martin in a post-Emmys interview with Deadline.

For now, we’ve got a whole winter with not much to do. Luckily it’s been seven years and season one is starting to fade in our memories. GoT marathon, anyone?

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