Even though the show has been off the air for only a couple months, the hype train keeps rolling with Game of Thrones. Is Jon Snow appearing in the upcoming season? What new faces will we see? What plot lines are they keeping….and so on, but the big question that no one wants answered is “When will the show end?” Well, HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo offered an answer to curious minds.
At the Television Critics Association press junket, Lombardo offered some insight into where he and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss stand on the topic of length for the popular series. EW reports:
“Seven-seasons-and-out has never been the [internal] conversation,” Lombardo said to critics at the Television Critics Association’s press tour Thursday. “The question is how much beyond seven are we going to do. [Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are] feeling like there’s two more years after six. I would always love for them to change their minds. That’s what we’re looking at right now.”
Benioff & Weiss have stated for quite some time that they’d like to keep the series at seven seasons.
“It was our unstated goal, because to start on a show and say your goal is seven seasons is the height of lunacy. Once we got to the point where we felt like we’re going to be able to tell this tale to its conclusion, that became [an even clearer] goal. Seven gods, seven kingdoms, seven seasons. It feels right to us.”
So to hear that the series might extend a bit further than seven seasons, is an exciting prospect at what the story will entail, but what’s even more jaw-dropping is the possibility for a prequel series if the showrunners are interested.
“I would be open to anything Dan and David want to do,” Lombardo said. “It really would depend fully on what they want to do. I think you’re right, there’s enormous storytelling to be mined in a prequel. We haven’t had any conversations.”
It should come as surprise to no one that HBO would want to entertain the idea of keeping their highest rated show afloat one way or another. It will be interesting as the next season comes, very far away from now I might add, if there will be a possibility that the show will stick to it’s 7 or 8 season estimates or if it’ll blast through it due to network exec pressure. Only time will tell.