Game of Thrones fans around the world have been gearing up for its finale, with many wishing that the fantasy show had an additional season in development. While at the Emmy's, the show's creator and author of the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, George R. R. Martin told Variety “We could’ve gone 11, 12, 13 seasons.”

The author went on to share that the duration of the series was a topic he often discussed with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.“David and Dan have been saying for like five seasons that seven seasons is all they would go,” he shared. “We got them to go to eight but not any more than that. There was a period like five years ago when they were saying seven seasons and I was saying 10 seasons and they won, they’re the ones actually working on it.”

Despite the fact that we will not be getting an additional season of the show, it has been confirmed that several spin-offs are in the works. Martin disclosed that there are “five other shows, five prequels in development that are based on other periods and the history of Westeros — some of them just 100 years before ‘Game of Thrones,’ some of them 5000 years before ‘Game of Thrones.'”