We should probably apologize to Game Of Thrones author George R.R. Martin in advance for that headline, since he made a point to mention — in all caps — in his blog post about the Game Of Thrones spinoff rumors, “And yes, before someone asks, I AM STILL WORKING ON WINDS OF WINTER and will continue working on it until it’s done.”
So what did Martin say about the spinoffs while not writing Winds Of Winter? He confirmed “more or less” the news of four spinoffs exploring different time periods in Westeros, but he clarified that there are five shows in development for HBO, and he prefers not to call them spinoffs:
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. We are not talking Joey or AfterMASH or even Frazier or Lou Grant, where characters from one show continue on to another. So all of you who were hoping for the further adventures of Hot Pie are doomed to disappointment. 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.
He went on to say he’s been having meetings with HBO about these successor shows since last August. It started as two potential series (one of which is still among the five now in development). Four of the series will be written by Max Borenstein, Jane Goldman, Brian Helgeland, and Carly Wray, all of whom Martin has been working with on their respective projects. The fifth project is a last minute addition: