Now HBO Wants 10 Seasons Of Game Of Thrones

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This might be a problem. Because showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have been pretty adamant about the hit fantasy TV show based on George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series ending in seven.

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This news comes from Entertainment Weekly's big GoT feature (which also revealed Arya Stark's snazzy new duds), where HBO programming president Michael Lombardo announced he'd prefer a 10-season run for the show. He added:

We'll have an honest conversation that explores all possible avenues. 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.

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Although HBO has a reputation for ending shows before the creator wants them to end (man, I will never forgive them for Deadwood) it's never really forced any show to continue past when its creator wanted it to. But it's very clear Lombardo would like the hit series to stick around and continue making HBO scads of money, and will do his best to convince Weiss and Benioff to take their time getting to GoT's end game. My gut tells me HBO gets them to add an eighth season at least.

But don't expect that Game of Thrones movie that occasionally gets bandied about. Again, Lombardo:

Certainly there have been conversations where it's been said, 'Wouldn't it be cool to do that?' But when you start a series with our subscribers, the promise is that for your HBO fee that we're going to take you to the end of this. I feel that on some level [a movie would be] changing the rules: Now you have to pay $16 to see how your show ends.

I actually completely support this.

[Via The AV Club]


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DISCUSSION

GRRM's Response:

I do know that David & Dan have stated in interviews that they see the show winding up in seven seasons. People send me emails about that every time I say "I don't know" in response to the question, as if I were somehow unaware of what D&D have said. I'm not.

I also know that HBO wants the series to run longer than that. I have known that since the very beginning... well, actually, since the day after the second episode of season one aired, when I had lunch with one of HBO's top execs, who told me, "We want this to run ten years." I allowed that ten years sounded fine to me. I continue to hear similar sentiments from HBO every time I have meeting with them, be it in LA or New York.

And it should be pointed out that neither ten seasons or even seven is locked in. Right now, GAME OF THRONES is guaranteed only six seasons. That's all HBO has officially committed to, by contract. We can speculate about additional seasons beyond that, but that's all it is, speculation. A lot of things can happen between now and season seven, or eight, or nine, things that cannot be anticipated. Believe me, I've been there.

So HBO and GRRM would like 10, but it's D&D who want seven. Depending on how seasons five & six go I think it might be a possibility they extend it out to 8-10. Maybe part of the reason the showrunners wanted to end it in seven was because they didn't want HBO to stop them before they were done with the story and were planning for that, especially giving the extremely high budget it takes to create it. As long as they keep the story and characters interesting I'm sure people will still watch it.