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Someone tell George R.R. Martin: HBO wants 10 seasons of Game of Thrones

03.12.2015

All men must die. All shows must end. As we enter the fifth season of Game of Thrones we find ourselves closer to the end than to the beginning, but if HBO programming president Michael Lombardo has his way, we might only be halfway through.

Lombardo spoke to Entertainment Weekly and revealed that he would love to see Game of Thrones last ten seasons.

“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.”

While this isn’t something he’s yet discussed with series show-runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, he’s thankfully leaving how long the show will last up to them.

“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.”

There’s nothing worse than a network that forces creators to drag out a series beyond its natural end point. As much as Game of Thrones fans want more of it, they would prefer it went out at the top of its game rather than several years after people have stopped caring. Luckily that’s just how David Benioff and D.B. Weiss would have it as well:

“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.”

The idea of a Game of Thrones film has been tossed around these past few years and surprisingly, Lombardo isn’t keen on the idea.

“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.”

I completely agree with him on this; as cool as it would be to see Game of Thrones produced with an even bigger budget, I’d much rather see the conclusion play out within the TV show itself. HBO seems reluctant to let go of this juggernaut but there are other avenues to consider if they want to keep the show going; can you say...spin-off? George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones prequel series, Tales of Dunk and Egg, seems like an obvious choice. There have been three novellas in the series written so far and Martin has stated that there will be more to come. When? Who knows.

The fifth season of Game of Thrones returns to HBO on April 12th.

Source: EW

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5:05PM on 03/13/2015
" Its about finding that sweet spot so it works for us and for HBO and, most of all, it works for the audience.
So If the audience don't want it to end they might do another few seasons? That should be ok as long as they keep basing it on the books.
" Its about finding that sweet spot so it works for us and for HBO and, most of all, it works for the audience.
So If the audience don't want it to end they might do another few seasons? That should be ok as long as they keep basing it on the books.
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2:31PM on 03/13/2015
Just find another good medieval fantasy book and make something similar. The Name Of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is perfect for a series. A well told complex story. Great characters, male and female, an excellent system of magic. Part of it is like an adult take on Hogwarts. Or if you want more warfare it doesn't get much better than The Red Knight by Miles Cameron. Blood Song by Anthony Ryan. Brian Staveley's The Emperor's Blades...
Just find another good medieval fantasy book and make something similar. The Name Of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is perfect for a series. A well told complex story. Great characters, male and female, an excellent system of magic. Part of it is like an adult take on Hogwarts. Or if you want more warfare it doesn't get much better than The Red Knight by Miles Cameron. Blood Song by Anthony Ryan. Brian Staveley's The Emperor's Blades...
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2:15PM on 03/13/2015
10 seasons would be absolutely ridiculous. No.
10 seasons would be absolutely ridiculous. No.
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10:27AM on 03/13/2015

yawn

they need to not skip months and months, then a few, then skip...it's gets boring
they need to not skip months and months, then a few, then skip...it's gets boring
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5:21AM on 03/13/2015
This would be the right call, but of course it won't happen.
Think on it they have skipped soooo much material, and they are only in the second half of the 3rd book, and the last two are supposed to be 1500 pages each!

What is going to happen, and has already started to happen is the TV writers are going to end this show with a whimper compared to how the books will end.

Logically there is no way in hell this show can end at season 7 and complete Martin's vision.
This would be the right call, but of course it won't happen.
Think on it they have skipped soooo much material, and they are only in the second half of the 3rd book, and the last two are supposed to be 1500 pages each!

What is going to happen, and has already started to happen is the TV writers are going to end this show with a whimper compared to how the books will end.

Logically there is no way in hell this show can end at season 7 and complete Martin's vision.
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1:20PM on 03/13/2015
You have that wrong. Season 4 ended where book 3 ends. And throughout that season they began to enter plot lines from Book 4 (other plot lines have been sprinkled throughout previous seasons as well). Season 5 should be picking up towards the end of Book 4 and at the beginning of Book 5. So for the most part they're on track still.

But with Book 5 being so long, I wouldn't be surprised if they need to split that up as well, meaning we get maybe 3/4 of Book 5 this season and 1/4 in
You have that wrong. Season 4 ended where book 3 ends. And throughout that season they began to enter plot lines from Book 4 (other plot lines have been sprinkled throughout previous seasons as well). Season 5 should be picking up towards the end of Book 4 and at the beginning of Book 5. So for the most part they're on track still.

But with Book 5 being so long, I wouldn't be surprised if they need to split that up as well, meaning we get maybe 3/4 of Book 5 this season and 1/4 in season 6. And depending if Book 6 gets completed prior to season 6 debut, we'll probably only get 1/2 or maybe 3/4 again of that book. So you're still right, there's plenty of material to be mined that will take them beyond season 7. Right now I'd say they can bring the show to 8 or 9 seasons.
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4:58AM on 03/13/2015

The only spin off needed...

The Chronicles of Hodor
Can see at least 3 seasons being made of that.

The Chronicles of Hodor
Can see at least 3 seasons being made of that.

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3:04AM on 03/13/2015
Well, they could probably pull a couple seasons out of the Dunk and Egg stories if they really wanted to keep going without diverging from the material. Of course, unless they started condensing material...the books only get bigger as you go
Well, they could probably pull a couple seasons out of the Dunk and Egg stories if they really wanted to keep going without diverging from the material. Of course, unless they started condensing material...the books only get bigger as you go
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12:10AM on 03/13/2015
Of course the executive would like for it to last 10 seasons. Not only does they make money for each season, but 10 seasons would bring the show at 100 episodes, which if I remember correctly is the number of episodes requires to send a show in syndication (and make even more money)
Of course the executive would like for it to last 10 seasons. Not only does they make money for each season, but 10 seasons would bring the show at 100 episodes, which if I remember correctly is the number of episodes requires to send a show in syndication (and make even more money)
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11:49PM on 03/12/2015
Sounds like a lot of good thinking and straight shooters are in control of this show. Good.
Sounds like a lot of good thinking and straight shooters are in control of this show. Good.
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11:06PM on 03/12/2015
Will there still be anyone vital left to tell a story with??
Will there still be anyone vital left to tell a story with??
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11:06PM on 03/12/2015

Way too much....

I'm already sick of some of the storylines that drag as an excuse to keep the story moving (not to mention the ridiculously short seasons. This is a really good show because the arc feels real and tight. There is a lot to tie together with the fight for the throne, Dany's rise to power, Tyrion's fight for acceptance and the coming war with the zombies. But if they artificially drag it out, I'll lose interest. Two more seasons (three at the very most) and it's time to move on with something
I'm already sick of some of the storylines that drag as an excuse to keep the story moving (not to mention the ridiculously short seasons. This is a really good show because the arc feels real and tight. There is a lot to tie together with the fight for the throne, Dany's rise to power, Tyrion's fight for acceptance and the coming war with the zombies. But if they artificially drag it out, I'll lose interest. Two more seasons (three at the very most) and it's time to move on with something else.
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11:04PM on 03/12/2015
Why not?
Why not?
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10:59PM on 03/12/2015
[link] a minute. 10 MORE seasons!?
[link] a minute. 10 MORE seasons!?
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10:45PM on 03/12/2015

Eventually a show starts to feel pointless.

Plot points set up have to be eventually resolved.
Winter has to frigggn arrive and Zombies attack.
Daenerys and her Dragosns have to attack Kings Landing.
Stuff promised has to eventually happen.

You can end the Martin storyline, and then 100 years later...
Plot points set up have to be eventually resolved.
Winter has to frigggn arrive and Zombies attack.
Daenerys and her Dragosns have to attack Kings Landing.
Stuff promised has to eventually happen.

You can end the Martin storyline, and then 100 years later...
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10:36PM on 03/12/2015

7 seasons and done.

I hope seven is it, the story feels like it's going somewhere and towards a conclusion, unlike other shows where it's just spinning wheels or slapping together more "shocking revelations".
I hope seven is it, the story feels like it's going somewhere and towards a conclusion, unlike other shows where it's just spinning wheels or slapping together more "shocking revelations".
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