Yesterday, HBO announced the return date for the Emmy Award-winning series Game of Thrones (that’s Sunday April 24 in case you missed it). Today, the talk is about the more distant future, life for Thrones beyond season six, and the talk is fairly certain that there’s still a lot of life left in this show. And why wouldn’t there be? It’s one of the most popular shows on television, it’s got a huge fan base, the adulation of TV critics, lots of awards consideration, and on top of it all, its the most pirated show on the internet. For all those reasons, and more, HBO isn’t ready to give up Game of Thrones yet.

While talking to TV writers and reporters during the annual Winter Tour of the Television Critics Association, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo said that he isn’t just thinking about next season, he’s thinking about the next season, and the season after that.

“The question is, ‘How much beyond seven are we going to do?’,” he said (as reported by Entertainment Weekly). “Obviously we’re shooting six now, hopefully discussing seven. [Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss] feel like there’s two more years after six. I would always love for them to change their minds, but that’s what we’re looking at right now.”

Well, with a cast of thousands, there’s more than enough material to keep Thrones going for a Gunsmoke or Law & Order type length, as in around 20 seasons or so. The one monkey wrench, if it can be considered a monkey wrench, is that George R.R. Martin is still lagging in a big way on his own Game of Thrones series, the series of novels called A Song of Ice and Fire that Game of Thrones is based on. Martin announced earlier this month that The Winds of Winter was still months away from completion “if the writing goes well.”

Once again, Game of Thrones will bow on April 24 on HBO.

Source: Coming Soon

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