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HBO says that Game of Thrones will last for at least eight seasons

07.30.2015

I think it's safe to say that Game of Thrones is HBO's biggest show at the moment so it's only natural that they'd want to keep it going as long as they can. HBO programming president Michael Lombardo had previously said that he'd love to see Game of Thrones last for ten seasons, but during the Television Critics Association’s press tour he seems to have reduced that number.

Seven-seasons-and-out has never been the [internal] conversation, the question is how much beyond seven are we going to do. [Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are] feel 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.

HBO has usually been pretty good about concluding shows before they grow too stale, but I really hope they don't let greed get the better of them and stretch out Thrones longer than it needs to be. A total of eight seasons feels right but even once Game of Thrones concludes its run, there will still be a crazy amount of story left to mine in the world of Westeros so Michael Lombardo was asked about the possibility of a prequel series:

I would be open to anything Dan and David want to do, it really would depend fully on what they want to do. I think you’re right, there’s enormous storytelling to be mined in a prequel. We haven’t had any conversations.

Production of the sixth season of Game of Thrones is currently underway and it should be a very exciting season as David Benioff and Dan Weiss have finally run out of published book material from which to draw. It's uncharted territory from here on out folks!

Extra Tidbit: How does eight seasons of Game of Thrones sound? Should it last longer? Less?
Source: EW

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7:21AM on 08/02/2015

Game of thrones

It has been great 1 through 5 about 3o of my co workers watch game of thrones and we all love it.
It has been great 1 through 5 about 3o of my co workers watch game of thrones and we all love it.
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12:51PM on 07/31/2015
The only time this show has been "great" was Season 1, and parts of Season 4.
The only time this show has been "great" was Season 1, and parts of Season 4.
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10:31AM on 07/31/2015
I don't get the impression from the comments that HBO is toying with the idea of stretching out the show longer than it needs to be in order to generate revenue. It sounded like Lombardo would personally love for the show to last at least 10 seasons, but he's going to defer to Weiss and Benioff on when to end it.

8 seasons seems about right for this show. There's definitely a lot of story left to tell. But season 5 seems like the show is now heading towards a final conclusion for the the
I don't get the impression from the comments that HBO is toying with the idea of stretching out the show longer than it needs to be in order to generate revenue. It sounded like Lombardo would personally love for the show to last at least 10 seasons, but he's going to defer to Weiss and Benioff on when to end it.

8 seasons seems about right for this show. There's definitely a lot of story left to tell. But season 5 seems like the show is now heading towards a final conclusion for the the game of thrones. Pieces have been set, strategies have been made, over the course of the next two seasons I'd imagine we'll see all of that come into play. In the final season we'll be seeing the outcome of it all, or at least the very final play in the game.
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10:00AM on 07/31/2015

Best show on TV

Season 5 was up there with Season 1 for me, the writing was so good. I'm ready
Season 5 was up there with Season 1 for me, the writing was so good. I'm ready
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12:17AM on 07/31/2015
Normally I would say give it as many seasons as it needs, but after seeing how they mascaraed season 5, how much non book stuff they added and how much real plot they deleted, I think 8 seasons may be too many. Frankly I am done with the show until the books are released. I don't want some watered down, half assed ending that is only loosely based on Georges outline.

Its a shame it's taking so long for the books to come out but at 1500 pages plus each book what can you expect. So ta ta for
Normally I would say give it as many seasons as it needs, but after seeing how they mascaraed season 5, how much non book stuff they added and how much real plot they deleted, I think 8 seasons may be too many. Frankly I am done with the show until the books are released. I don't want some watered down, half assed ending that is only loosely based on Georges outline.

Its a shame it's taking so long for the books to come out but at 1500 pages plus each book what can you expect. So ta ta for now GoT.
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9:13PM on 07/30/2015
Season 5 was by the worst season and it seems like the show will only get worse. I dont know how they can drag this show out for 3 more seasons when theyve made Daeny the only potential winner of the throne left. Unless the show throws a big swerve and make her crazy genes kick in and turn her evil then this show will become a bore really fast.
Season 5 was by the worst season and it seems like the show will only get worse. I dont know how they can drag this show out for 3 more seasons when theyve made Daeny the only potential winner of the throne left. Unless the show throws a big swerve and make her crazy genes kick in and turn her evil then this show will become a bore really fast.
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12:19AM on 07/31/2015
Well there were other potentials including a MAJOR one, they just cut them out of the show LOL.
Well there were other potentials including a MAJOR one, they just cut them out of the show LOL.
8:24PM on 07/30/2015

They should have based the # episodes based on the books

season 1 for 10 episodes was perfect. But once they had to start making stuff up and cutting stuff out etc. They should have extended to 12-14 episodes instead of 2 seasons of 1 book with 3 chapters from others etc
season 1 for 10 episodes was perfect. But once they had to start making stuff up and cutting stuff out etc. They should have extended to 12-14 episodes instead of 2 seasons of 1 book with 3 chapters from others etc
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8:24PM on 07/30/2015
As long as Dinklage, and Clarke are on the show, I'll keep watching.
As long as Dinklage, and Clarke are on the show, I'll keep watching.
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8:25PM on 07/30/2015
you're bizarre....so if a character got killed and the story kept going and it was still strong powerfull material...youd bail?

sounds like you should've bailed when Sean Bean died pal.
you're bizarre....so if a character got killed and the story kept going and it was still strong powerfull material...youd bail?

sounds like you should've bailed when Sean Bean died pal.
9:09PM on 07/30/2015
@The_ConMan

I agree. I've always wondered whether Soloist was a young kid or someone older who was somewhere on the spectrum.
@The_ConMan

I agree. I've always wondered whether Soloist was a young kid or someone older who was somewhere on the spectrum.
9:40PM on 07/30/2015
I'm not a big fan of Game of Thrones at all, but enjoy Dinklage's, and Clarke's character's and work on the show. And no, I'm not on any god damn spectrum.
I'm not a big fan of Game of Thrones at all, but enjoy Dinklage's, and Clarke's character's and work on the show. And no, I'm not on any god damn spectrum.
10:00PM on 07/30/2015
so you watch a show that you don't like?!?!?! uuuuuuuuuuummmmmm
so you watch a show that you don't like?!?!?! uuuuuuuuuuummmmmm
1:56AM on 07/31/2015
I bet you don't watch the show. You probably just want to add another comment to your count.
I bet you don't watch the show. You probably just want to add another comment to your count.
8:11PM on 07/30/2015
Hard to know if this a good idea or not, without knowing exactly how much story is left to cover in the final books. I know they're departing from the books a bit now, but I believe they're still using some of the author's ideas since they've discussed where the story is heading with him. I'd hate to see the show end, but 3 more seasons sounds about right to give it a fitting end without dragging it out too long.
Hard to know if this a good idea or not, without knowing exactly how much story is left to cover in the final books. I know they're departing from the books a bit now, but I believe they're still using some of the author's ideas since they've discussed where the story is heading with him. I'd hate to see the show end, but 3 more seasons sounds about right to give it a fitting end without dragging it out too long.
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