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Several months back, the creators of HBO’s mega-hit Game of Thrones, DB Weiss and David Benioff, announced the series would most likely end after its seventh season. While the news undoubtedly disappointed fans, it was clear from HBO president Michael Lombardo’s comments after that announcement that the network would do everything in its power to keep the series going as long as possible. Well, from Lombardo’s recent comments at the network’s TCA panel, it appears that he may have gotten his wish.
While nothing has been set in stone regarding Thrones‘ future, it sounds like there will definitely be more than seven seasons for the show.
“Seven-seasons-and-out has never been the conversation,” Lombardo said, when asked about plans to end the series. “The question is how much beyond seven are we going to do.”
Considering the series is moving into completely uncharted narrative territory, now that George R.R. Martin’s book series material has all but been exhausted, the statement by Lombardo raises questions about how the show and books will reconcile with one another (and even if that will be possible). Martin is still working on the sixth (of a presumed seven total, although even Martin has become cagey on whether his series will expand to eight novels), and the series is already in production on season six. Presuming Martin hasn’t provided a complete copy of the forthcoming novel for the writers of the show, the show will officially be moving beyond the book series this year for the vast majority of characters. And, if the show is charting its own path, who’s to say it can’t go on forever (at least that’s HBO’s position, it appears- one assumes the some of the cast and crew would like to leave Westeros at some point)? Either way, it looks like we will be getting at least three more seasons within the dark and deadly world of Westeros- plenty of time for all of our favorite characters to die bloody deaths.