There is a whole lot of hype about the return of the critically acclaimed HBO fantasy drama, ‘Game of Thrones’ right now. With the new season coming up at the end of the month, fans are clamoring for more after a long wait after the end of the last season. But what if we didn’t have to wait so long in between our trips to Westeros? What if there was a way to stay there while ‘Game of Thrones’ is off filming their 10-episode long seasons? The latest word going around is that HBO is definitely considering an answer to that question.

After the success of one of HBO’s highest-rated series, Martin signed a two-year overall deal last month with the network to keep him on as co-executive producer of ‘Game of Thrones’ for an additional two years and to have him develop and produce other projects. While details on what’s in the works between the writer and HBO have been scarce, he opened up a bit about what he has in mind at the ‘Game of Thrones’ season three Los Angeles premiere while talking to IGN. While mentioning sci-fi and historical one-hour dramas, he went on to discuss the possibility of a prequel series to go with the main story of the struggle for the Iron Throne based on a series of novellas set 100 years before the events of the show and starring two characters named Dunk and Egg. Check out everything he has to say about it in the video below:

Personally, I like the idea of this series. Though I haven’t read ‘The Hedge Knight’, ‘The Sworn Sword’, or ‘The Mystery Knight’, a lighter set of tales set in Westeros might be a lot of fun. This would almost be like Martin’s version of ‘The Hobbit’, whereas the main series is the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. But even though it would be lighter, I doubt that the adventures of Dunk and Egg would be suitable for kids like the adventures of Bilbo Baggins.

What do you think about a ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel series on HBO? Do you think that the novellas starring Dunk and Egg would be great source material for the show? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

‘Game of Thrones’ returns to HBO on Sunday, March 31st at 9:00pm.