Emilia Clarke in a scene from season six episode eight of Game of Thrones.
Emilia Clarke in a scene from season six episode eight of Game of Thrones. Contributed

Game of Thrones spin-off shows confirmed

Games of Thrones spin-offs are coming as US broadcaster HBO has closed on deals with four writers to explore additional shows for the most popular series in its history.

The channel doesn't have a timeline for the development of the potential spin-off projects but has writers from several major movies and television series on board.

What is guaranteed is that fans will have more Westeros drama to continue devouring once the eighth and final season airs.

Speculation that HBO would develop a spin-off series has been simmering for years, but it has now confirmed that writers Max Borenstein ("Kong: Skull Island"), Jane Goldman ("Kingsman: The Golden Circle"), Brian Helgeland ("Legend"), and Carly Wray ("Mad Men," "The Leftovers") have signed on to work on the projects, according to Variety.

"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 said.

The executive producers of the original series, Dan Weiss and David Benioff, will be involved with the four spin-off projects but will not write them. Mr Martin will also be involved.

Fans of the original series still have a way to go before their beloved story comes to an end.

The seventh season is set to air July 16 after it was rescheduled so filming could capture the weather needed for the scenes.

There will be seven episodes in the penultimate season of the show.

The eighth season has yet to begin shooting but Mr Weiss and Mr Benioff have begun writing it.

That season is expected to be between six and eight episodes.

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