Fitting, then, that the news has begun to leak out today confirming rumors that had been circulating for a while now - namely, that HBO is nowhere close to leaving the Game of Thrones franchise behind and is reportedly poised to actually greenlight a second Thrones prequel series to complement the Naomi Watts-led prequel which just finished shooting its pilot episode.
According to RTE, the author said during his speech: "My latest book Fire and Blood is a work of imaginary history and A Song of Ice and Fire is a work of fiction, fantasy novels, which I will finish".
First reported by Deadline and confirmed separately by Variety, the spin-off would be centred on the Fire & Blood book that focuses on the lineage of Targaryen kings of old, including Aegon the Dragonbane and Aegon the Conqueror. It is stated that the prequel will not be the sixth of GoT, but a brand new take on the mythical world.More news: Google Earth helps solve the mystery of decades-old US disappearance
The prequel series is slated to take place three centuries before the start of "Game of Thrones" and closely follows "the beginning of the end" of the House Targaryen.
While earlier he had penned, "Two other shows remain in the script stage but are edging closer". Knowing that it wanted to keep Thrones viewers coming back, the network hired five screenwriters to pitch prequel ideas.
The pilot for this series will be set 300 years before the events that concluded the eighth season of GoT.More news: Duchess of Sussex unveils fashion line for unemployed women
The show is set thousands of years before the events of "Game of Thrones". "But maybe some of you should pick up a copy of "Fire & Blood" and come up with your own theories". "But that's how I am with lots of things in life".More news: Trump commemorates 9/11 attacks at Pentagon ceremony