The eighth and final season of Games of Thrones is currently airing across the globe, with only a handful of episodes to go until the highly acclaimed series reaches its conclusion.

For many fans of the franchise it will be hard to handle, having watched many of these characters for the past decade, but there is some respite in the form of five Game of Thrones spinoff series that HBO is working on.

While the American network has remained relatively tight-lipped on the five projects, A Song of Fire and Ice creator, George R.R. Martin, has dropped a few tidbits for fans to dissect.

He did so on his official blog, which as a side note has a very early naughties feel to it, with Martin noting three of the five series are “moving along nicely.” He also adds that he views the forthcoming series as successors to Game of Thrones as opposed to spinoffs.

As such we could potentially get to see some GoT characters get some time to shine in their own projects, should they survive the events of the eighth season.

There isn’t a ton of information on the five projects, but one of them Martin was able to provide a bit more clarity on, with it set thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones.

Perhaps we could get to see who the Night King was before his transformation, which is one of the plot points of season eight that fans still need resolution on, as well as how the first Long Night involving the White Walkers was stopped by the first men of Westeros.

Naturally the worlds that Martin has crafted with A Song of Fire and Ice, much like Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, is rich for mining, and could provide HBO with material for series for the next couple of decades.

Whether fans will have a similar appetite remains to be seen. In the near future, however, we should be getting at least three Game of Thrones projects to enjoy