Season 7 (2017): Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
photo: Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO
Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO

Fans have desperately been trying to get assurance that Game of Thrones will continue on HBO, in some form, forever. Today the old gods and the new grant those wishes.

The network told press on Thursday (this is supposed to be Star Wars day, people!) that four writers are developing their own Game of Thrones spinoff scripts. “We’ll take as much or as little time as the writers need and, as with all our development, we will evaluate what we have when the scripts are in,” a spokesperson says.

The writers' names are here, too:

–Carly Wray (The Bastard Executioner, The Leftovers, Mad Men)
–Jane Goldman (Kick Ass, X-Men: First Class, Kingsman: The Golden Circle)
–Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island, the Godzilla reboot, the Minority Report TV show)
–Brian Helgeland (writer/director of A Knight's Tale, 42 and Legend; screenwriting credits on L.A. Confidential, Man on Fire, 2010's Robin Hood)

Wray and Goldman are currently working one-on-one with A Song of Ice and Fire author and Thrones executive producer George R.R. Martin. D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, showrunners as well as the folks who adapted GRRM's masterwork in 2011, are also attached, although not as writers.

At SXSW in March, Benioff said of a spinoff:

"The characters who maybe will survive—there's always going to be this temptation to keep doing it…to do the spin-off show, or do the sequel show and everything. And I think HBO might well do one. I'm looking forward to watching it, I think it'll be great, but I think it's better for them to get new blood in with new visions."

GoT Season 7 kicks off July 16. Listen to the Back of the Class podcast get revved up for it at the 38-minute mark: