Game of Thrones To Likely End With Season 8
With a finite series of books, it was only a matter of time before HBO’s megahit Game of Thrones comes to an end. That end looks to be in the next two years.
True, they’re in the middle of filming the sixth season, but showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have stated before about their desire to keep the series around seven or eight seasons. Even HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo thinks the series will likely end in season eight.
“I think seven-seasons-and-out has never been the conversation,” Lombardo tells the press on tour. “The question is how much beyond the seventh season are we gonna do? Obviously we’re shooting [Season 6] now, hopefully discussing seven. I think they’re feeling like there are probably two more years after six. As I’ve said before, I would love for them to change their minds, but I think that’s over-looking right now.”
Game of Thrones has become a worldwide pop culture phenomenon, making the cast of comprised of relative unknowns into stars and even making “Khaleesi” a popular baby name of the past few years, but nothing is set is stone just yet on how long it will keep going. HBO renewed the series for both seasons five and six after four premiered, so seven is still very likely, but not guaranteed.
EvenLombardo mentioned a possible prequel series in the works, but is focusing on the job at hand right now. “I would be open to anything that Dan and David wanted to do, about Game of Thrones or almost any subject matter. Really it would depend fully for us on what they wanted to do. I believe you’re right, there’s enormous storytelling to be mined in a prequel … at this point all the focus is figuring out the next few years with this show.”
Readers, where do you see the series ending? Do you think HBO will go ahead of schedule if George R. R. Martin doesn’t finish his books and do their own thing, or will it have a proper canonical ending? Do you think a prequel series could work as well?
HBO Also Has Bad News For Jon Snow Fans
If you’re like us, you’ve been holding out hope — that is, feverishly piecing together any possible theory we can muster to make it so — that the future of Jon Snow will be long and fruitful, even despite the fact that he was brutally taken down Julius Caesar-style to close out “Game of Thrones” Season 5’s season finale. (Et tu, Olly?)
Lombardino spoke at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour Thursday (July 30) night, and, as reported by The Wrap, told the audience that all that wishful thinking is for naught.
“Dead is dead is dead. He be dead. Yes. Everything I’ve seen, heard and read, he is dead,” said Lombardino of the character’s bloody fate.
But before you get too worked up about this statement, there are STILL a few glass-half-full-ers who can see a little loophole lurking in the seemingly ironclad statement he just made. These two tweeters, for instance, think that the question shouldn’t have been whether Jon Snow is currentlydead but whether he will remain dead throughout the forthcoming season. Oooooooh.
And guess what else? It looks like we have a few more years to look forward to show from the show, too (this we will choose to believe, BTW).We like the way these guys think. After all, we’ve still got the Red Witch lurking around Castle Black now, and the White Walker transformation theory is still left intact by this news. So, even though the HBO boss tried to blast our emotions all the way to the Gulf of Grief, we’re not giving up.
Lombardino said that ideally, the show will make it to a solid eight seasons.
“Obviously we’re shooting season six now, hopefully discussing seven,” he explained. “I think their feeling is we’re looking at two more seasons after six. I’m hoping they’ll change their minds, but that’s what we’re looking at right now.”
Also of interest? A potential prequel, which hellooooo Targaryens. “I’m open to anything Dan [Benioff] and David [Weiss] would want to do,” he said, “but no conversations yet.” We are SO in.