Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin has taken to his own (nota)blog again to update on the status of the highly anticipated Game of Thrones prequels.

Last week, the scribe had confirmed that only one of the five already penned prequels, which was written by Kingsman’s Jane Goldman and himself, is in development. He reiterates that none of the characters from Game of Thrones will be making an appearance in the prequels. Why? Because its set at least ten thousand years before those events take place.

None of the characters or actors from ‘Game of Thrones’ will appear in the new show…This one really puts the PRE in prequel, since it is set not ninety years before ‘Game of Thrones’ (like ‘Dunk & Egg’), or a few hundred years, but rather ten thousand years (well, assuming the oral histories of the First Men are accurate, but there are maesters at the Citadel who insist it has only been half that long)”.

But what of the other four? Well, in Martin’s blog post he went on to reveal that one of the ideas had been buried, but the other four are still under consideration.

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As for the other successor shows… if you have been following along, you know that we started with four, and eventually went to five. One of those has been shelved, I am given to understand, and of course, Jane’s pilot is now moving to film. But that does not mean the others are dead.

Three more ‘Game of Thrones’ prequels, set in different periods and featuring different characters and storylines, remain in active development. Everything I am told indicates that we could film at least one more pilot, and maybe more than one, in the years to come. We do have an entire world and tens of thousands of years of history to play with, after all. But this is television, so nothing is certain.”

So whatever happens, it still looks like we are a long way off from seeing any finished product.