We already kinda knew that Game of Thrones would run for at least eight seasons, as when confirmed for Seasons Five and Six, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss revealed they were keen to run to eight seasons.
There has also been talk of the eight seasons ending with a feature length film, but sadly this idea was shot down back in March when HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo revealed the idea would not work. His reasons made sense, but did not help fans disappointment at the series NOT ending on a feature length film (come on, how cool would that be!)
Fast forward to yesterday at the Television Critics Association, and Lombardo was on hand to confirm to fans that Game of Thrones will definitely run up to eight seasons, with plans to end it all there.
“Seven-seasons-and-out has never been the [internal] conversation. The question is how much beyond seven are we going to do. [David and Dan 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.”
So there will definitely be eight seasons, which is great news as Season Five was masterful TV from start to finish. Each and every episode was breathtaking, and I did not want any episode to end. I loved every bloody second of the latest season, and yet it still feels like there is SO much ground to cover. Three more seasons would be awesome, but as Lombardo hints, he would happily have more, and so would the fans.
The question about where the TV series goes, now that it has caught up with the books, again is a big question for book fans. It seems that this issue has been addressed:
“Last year we went out to Santa Fe for a week to sit down with him [Martin] and just talk through where things are going, because we don’t know if we are going to catch up and where exactly that would be. If you know the ending, then you can lay the groundwork for it. And so we want to know how everything ends. We want to be able to set things up. So we just sat down with him and literally went through every character.”
So there is an end game, which is great that the showrunners know what they are aiming for, but what happens when it is all over? Fans (including myself) are devastated each time a season finishes, so how the hell will we feel when the entire series ends?
Fear not, for the is a small possibility of a prequel series?
When asked about the prospect of a prequel series, Lombardo answered with a glimmer of hope:
“I would be open to anything Dan and David want to do.”