Game Of Thrones Season Five News And Spoilers: George RR Martin Weighs In On Extending Show To 10 Seasons, Feature Film
George RR Martin knows everything about Game of Thrones. He created the series, so he is God in Westeros. When it comes to the HBO series, however, it's not in his hands. The author has chimed in with his thoughts on the possible extension of the show to 10 seasons.
Previously it was reported that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss had planned for the show to end after seven seasons, but the network wants to keep it rolling for longer. Martin confirmed that this is the case to Entertainment Weekly.
"Right now, Game of Thrones is guaranteed only six seasons. That's all HBO has officially committed to, by contract. We can speculate about additional seasons beyond that, but that's all it is, speculation. Weird stuff happens in television, and there are sooooo many factors involved."
He also points out that they may still request seasons seven and eight at once. Or just wait until the end of season seven to order eight and beyond.
The author also says that he's behind the idea of ending things with a large feature film as opposed to just letting things end on the small screen.
Ordering extra seasons would also give the show some time for the books to catch up. Sort of. On a projected time frame, Martin still won't finish them before even an extended run of the show ends.
On the other hand, there's still the danger that the show will run too long. You know what happens when an HBO show runs too long? True Blood.
True Blood is what happens. No one wants that.
Game of Thrones returns on April 12 to HBO.