GAME OF THRONES Showrunners Say Show Will End after Seven or Eight Seasons

     March 11, 2014


There’s still no word on when A Song of Fire and Ice author George R.R. Martin will release the final two novels in the series, but the HBO adaptation, Game of Thrones, has decided to set their plans regardless.  In an interview with Vanity Fair, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss say they would like to wrap the TV series up after seven or eight seasons.  “It doesn’t just keep on going because it can,” Weiss says. “I think the desire to milk more out of it is what would eventually kill it, if we gave in to that.”

Hit the jump for more on how Benioff, Weiss, and Martin are planning ahead.  Game of Thrones returns for its fourth season on April 6th at 9pm.

game-of-thrones-annie-leibovitz-photoAlthough Martin has yet to write the last two books—The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring—he does have an overall plan for how the plot will wrap up, and Benioff and Weiss want to be on the same page.  Benioff tells Vanity Fair:

“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.”

Martin adds:

“I can give them the broad strokes of what I intend to write, but the details aren’t there yet. I’m hopeful that I can not let them catch up with me.”

There’s no sign that Game of Thrones will break from releasing one season per year, and season four is the final half of the third book.  If Martin really hopes to stay ahead of the series, then he’s going to have to pick up the pace.  The distance between the previous books in the series—A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons—was six years.

[Above photo by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair]

  • Doug_101

    They are going to catch him for sure. However, I’m totally cool with them just having the major beats and running with it. The books are so intricate, there’s no way they can squeeze all the details into each season. I’ve been enjoying their streamlined approach to it all.

  • Nomis1700

    Its true that this season will cover the other half of ASOS but it will also include parts of AFFC and even ADWD.

    I think D&D have done a tremendous job with translating the books to the small screen. I think they made even better choices along the way than GRRM did in the books. Those are not large in number, but they’re there.

    I think the rest of AFFC and ADWD needs to become one season. Including the beginning of TWOW as a conclusion to season 5 would be nice. I think the rest of TWOW should be enough for a whole season and ADOS for a seventh season. If those last two books move characters up like with AFFC/ADWD then they can mash them together for two seasons. I think seven seasons is enough for Game of Thrones. I love the books and love the show, cannot wait for season 4 to finally air next month!!!

  • jk

    I think it’s a bad move to set a number like that. They will likely catch him before book 7 is finished. I’m not sure I could watch a season of fresh content that hadn’t been in a book first. Martin might run the risk of making his books irrelevant if he allows this to happen. Also, he may feel the pressure to put out content before it’s filmed, and thus rush his process, creating a less than stellar ending.

  • Emmanuel Vic

    This show needs a prequel season….fans of the show don’t understand or even know many important events or facts about the past, doing a prequel season will allow them to show some of those events but keep some events as mysterious that would be revealed in the normal series… i.e. Jon Snows Parentage.

    Plus a prequel season will give GRRM another year! It isn’t much but atleast it’s something

    • Grayden

      Jon Snow’s true parentage is something that, while is guessed by most readers at this point, is something that will be an amazing reveal if they follow what Martin (hopefully) reveals in the books. If they reveal it in a “prequel” season before Jon Snow finds out in the books, it pretty much deflates the entire build-up.

      • Emmanuel Vic

        That’s why I said certain events should be kept as mystery’s to be revealed in the normal series. The point is to have the TV audience asking some of the same questions that book readers have, so when moving forward on the normal series, there’s an anticipation in getting the answers to questions brought up in the prequel series.

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