There has been talk of Game of Thrones running for seven seasons on HBO, and then going out with a bang with a feature length film that would look incredible on the big screen. No doubt fans would love this, but HBO programming president Michael Lombardo thinks ending on a movie that fans would have to pay cinema prices for would be wrong, and I certainly can’t argue with his points below.
In an interview with EW, Lombardo opened up about the epic series, and spoke very kindly about Game of Thrones showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff.
Firstly Lombardo expresses his wish to see the series run for at least ten seasons, but he respects the vision of Weiss and Benioff, and is happy for them to end the series on their terms:
“This is the hard part of what we do. We started this journey with David and Dan. It’s their vision. Would I love the show to go 10 years as both a fan and a network executive? Absolutely.”
He then went into further detail about how long the show can run for:
“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.”
Weiss and Benioff also discussed their end game plan, with a clear indication of not wanting to outstay their welcome (personally, I don’t see how the show could become stagnant, but its encouraging to know their is a plan):
“We want to go out on our absolute highest note,” Weiss says. “We don’t want people to finally see the end and say, ‘Thank god that’s over.’” Adds Benioff: “We know basically how many hours are left in this story. We don’t want to add 10 hours to that. It’s about finding that sweet spot so it works for us and for HBO and, most of all, it works for the audience.”
There has been talk of the series ending on season seven, and then the series climaxing with a feature length film aimed at cinema screens, and this would undoubtedly be a really cool way to finish, but Lombardo has good reasons for not wanting to go down this path:
“Certainly there have been conversations where it’s been said, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to [make a movie]?’ 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.”
Upsetting as that sounds, he does have a valid point. However, I would imagine most fans would be more than willing to payout the extra cash to see the finale on the big screen.
EW also put together the hilarious below video, showing a few key characters attempting to describe the show in thirty seconds: