HBO Wants ‘Game of Thrones’ Beyond Seven Seasons
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David Benoiff and Dan Weiss, the showrunners for HBO’s massive “Game of Thrones” series, have stated in the past that they intend to finish the show off in seven seasons. However, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly (EW), HBO’s programming head reveals a different plan. Read on.
According to Michael Lombardo, HBO’s programming president, the network would love for “Game of Thrones” to go beyond ten years, despite earlier pronouncements by its showrunners that they believe the show is already trickling down to its last few seasons.
In the interview with EW, Lombardo stated that they will have to have a conversation with the showrunners in exploring all avenues to make this happen.
“If they weren’t comfortable going beyond seven seasons, I trust them implicitly and trust that’s the right decision—as horrifying as that is to me. What I’m not going to do is have a show continue past where the creators believe where they feel they’ve finished with the story,” said Lombardo.
The series, which was limitedly released on IMAX recently, may also branch out to film given its success. As one of the world’s most popular TV show, “Game of Thrones” have earned a strong following over the years. However, at the moment, no concrete plans for the movie has been set and even the showrunners refuse to acknowledge this.
The news also stated that HBO may do a spinoff of “Game of Thrones,” should the show finally come to an end. The author of the book, George R. R. Martin, however, has yet to finish the seventh installment and he has explicitly said that he will not be keeping pace with the show just to finish his novel.
“Game of Thrones” will premiere its fifth season on April 12, 2015 in a simultaneous telecast worldwide. The show averages ten episodes per season.