With the massive success of HBO's Game of Thrones, it shouldn't come as a huge surprise to learn that the network is considering developing a prequel series from the novellas of author George R.R. Martin. The writer revealed that he is in early discussions with the network for a Game of Thrones prequel series, set 100 years before the show, following two characters in Westeros named Dunk and Egg. Here's what the author had to say.

"Well, I have been writing for a number of years a series of novellas set in the same world, the world of Westeros, but a hundred years earlier, about two characters called Dunk and Egg. And I published three of those novellas, The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword, and The Mystery Knight, and I have in mind about nine or ten more novellas about the adventures of Dunk and Egg. So we have been playing with the idea of doing those as prequels. They would be prequels, in a sense, they're a hundred years earlier but in the same world. They're somewhat lighter in tone than the main series, a little more adventurous. But my fans love them and I love the two characters too, and it all ties into Westeros history. So maybe that will be what we'll do."

George R.R. Martin also recently signed an overall deal with HBO to develop new shows for the network. While he wouldn't give any specifics, he did tease a few of the ideas he has.

"I have some ideas for some pretty cool new series'. They'll be dramas, I'm not a comedy guy, one-hour drama shows. I have an idea for a science-fiction show, a couple of historical-based shows, from very different periods. We'll see which ones they like and want to develop. Development is always sort of a crap shoot. You pitch your ideas, you roll the dice, and you see what goes ahead. The tricky part for me is I have to find another David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, because, while I can come up with the ideas and create the concepts for the show, I'm not in a position to write them, because I have 3,000 more pages of the books to write, and that has to remain my first priority. It's a bit of a juggling act for me."

Game of Thrones returns to HBO with the Season 3 premiere "Valar Dohaeris" on Sunday, March 31 at 9 PM ET.