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Is George R.R. Martin Trolling Us About the GAME OF THRONES Spin-Offs?

Is George R.R. Martin Trolling Us About the GAME OF THRONES Spin-Offs?

If George R.R. Martin announced he was having chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast instead of eggs we’d likely read way too much into it. “Starting his day with a special meal? Is he celebrating finishing The Winds of Winter!?” Which is why we’re already obsessing over a new cryptic message he posted on his “Not a Blog” LiveJournal, which might hint at the future of Game of Thrones on HBO–or not.

Martin shared a new post yesterday titled “Yowza,” that we first saw at Winter is Coming. He opened with a strange message, “Hiya, kids, hiya, hiya. Never mind The Count. Here’s counting the Gremlin’s Way. OFF WE GO!” before sharing a series of four photos of hands counting.

Yup that’s weird.

He then ended with a pseudo-poem:

One for all and all for one.
The dragon has three heads.
Plunk your magic twangers.
I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.

Now, assuming he isn’t cracking under the pressure of millions of fans pleading with him to finish A Song of Ice and Fire, our best bet is this has something to do with the potential HBO Game of Thrones spin-offs, because he used that photo of hands counting to five in a post last September announcing five prequel series ideas were in development. That doesn’t rule out this having something to do with his work on the novels, or his soon to be released two-part history of House Targaryen, only that there’s almost no evidence it does. So if this is about the spin-offs, what the seven bloody hells does it mean? Reddit User PrestonJacobs notes where those last four lines come from which might be a hint. (Four photos and four lines?)

“One for all” is from the Three Musketeers, “the dragon has three heads” is a reference to the Targaryen sigil, “plunk your magic twangers” comes from the ’50s kids show Andy’s Gang (a line “said to summon Froggy the Gremlin who manipulates people’s minds”), and “I’d have to kill you” is from The Hound of Baskervilles.

As you can imagine, fans are already guessing what prequel ideas those could be about. The Night’s Watch? The Kingsguard? Rhaegar’s invasion? A famous Targaryen civil war? Maggy the Frog? The Faceless Men? Wargs? Some kind of…..Westerosi detective, maybe like Bloodraven? But what do the total hands have to do with any of it? Is HBO doing three, four, or five of them? And why did he set his location to the imaginary “The Lonely Mountain?”

It’s so broad and so intentionally vague it’s almost impossible to read into this. Which is why we’re going to keep doing so until he actually explains it. Sure we might not get anywhere, but it’s more interesting than deciphering his breakfast.

What do you think this is all about? Tell us your best theory in the comments below.

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