We’ve all been assuming that Game Of Thrones will go one for roughly two more seasons. The general consensus seems to have been that it would probably stop at Season 7. However, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo says that isn’t the case.
At the TCAs (via EW), Lombardo said ““Seven-seasons-and-out has never been the [internal] conversation. The question is: How much beyond seven are we going to do? Obviously we’re shooting six now, hopefully discussing seven. [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, but that’s what we’re looking at right now.”
So, will it stop at Season 8? Maybe. Maybe not. There’s also been discussions about how to expand the universe beyond the storyline in the books, which some have suggested could take the form of a prequel series.
“I would be open to anything that Dan and David wanted to do—about Game Of Thrones, or any subject matter,” Lombardo said. “It really would depend fully on what they wanted to do. I think you’re right, there’s enormous storytelling to be mined in a prequel, if George and Dan and David decide they want to tackle that. At this point, all the focus is on the next few years of the show. We haven’t had any conversations about that at this point.”
This shouldn’t come as too big a surprise, even if it does kind of contradict what we’ve heard before. Lombardo has always been open about the fact that he wants to convince Benioff and Weiss to do as much with Thrones as possible. It does make you wonder how much they’re going to wander from the source material, though…
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