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'Game of Thrones' spinoffs are in the works


Although there are only 13 episodes left in HBO's hit series "Game of Thrones," the premium cable channel says spinoffs of the series are in the works. 

HBO hasn't revealed any storyline details just yet, but Entertainment Weekly reports that the spinoffs will, "explore different time periods of George R. R. Martin’s vast and rich universe."

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HBO has deals with four writers -- Max Borenstein, Jane Goldman, Brian Helgeland and Carly Wray -- who are looking through author George R.R. Martin's books for potential storylines. Martin will be working with Goldman and Wray. 

As for the show's longtime executive producers, David Benioff and Dan Weiss, will get producer credits but won't be actively involved in the follow-up projects. 

"We have kept them up to date on our plans and they will be attached, along with George R. R. Martin, as executive producers on all projects," HBO said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. "We will support them as they take a much-deserved break from writing about Westeros once the final season is complete.”

HBO has not said when exactly these four scripts would be ready or whether all of them will become a spinoff series. 

"There is no set timetable for these projects," HBO said in a statement. "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." 

The seventh season of "Game of Thrones" kicks off on July 16. 

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