Game Of Thrones is nearly back with us, and the question of when it will all end has been raised once again. Showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss have given an estimate of seven or eight seasons, but there’s obviously those who want it to go on longer.
One of those people is HBO’s programming president Michael Lombardo, who might not be quite ready for his hit to end, as he explained to EW.
“This is the hard part of what we do,” he said. “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.”
“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.”
He also addressed the possibility of a Game Of Thrones movie. “Certainly there have been conversations where it’s been said, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to do that?’” he said. “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.”
We can certainly see why HBO are a little wary about committing to an end point for their hugely successful show, but we wouldn’t want to see it dragged out past its natural end point.
Game Of Thrones Season 5 begins on 13 April on Sky Atlantic in the UK. You can pre-order Game Of Thrones Season 1-4 on Blu-ray for £64.99 from Amazon.co.uk. Read more about the show’s return in the new issue of SciFiNow.