Game of Thrones to run at least 8 seasons with possible prequel series?

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Were you worried when you heard that Game of Thrones would only last another two seasons? Well, you can probably put those fears to rest. HBO programming president Michael Lombardo firmly proclaimed that the hit show will go on for at least eight seasons. This announcement is somewhat surprising considering that the showrunners have repeatedly stated that they only want seven seasons.

“Seven-seasons-and-out has never been the [internal] conversation,” Lombardo said to critics at the Television Critics Association’s press tour Thursday. “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.”

Lombardo also replied to comments regarding 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.”

Game of Thrones is no stranger to controversy, but season five particularly was criticized, especially with regards to a disturbing scene featuring Sansa Stark. Lombardo, however, defended the show.

“In the pilot episode we see a 7-year-old boy pushed to seemingly his death from a tower,” Lombardo said. “This show has had violence from the first episode. I can’t speak to any single person’s particular taste, but I think the show is phenomenal. It went to 20 million viewers this year, it went up over 1 million viewers from the prior season. The show continues to grow dramatically. There are no two showrunners who are more careful about now overstepping what they think the line is—and everybody has their own line. [What they show] is critical to the storytelling.”


What about Jon Snow? Even though we see the fan favorite die at the end of season 5, some viewers have been speculating that Snow may not, in fact, really be dead. Lombardo’s response was pretty firm.

“Dead is dead is dead,” he said. “He be dead. Um, yes. Everything I’ve seen, heard and read, Jon Snow is indeed dead.”

Okay, so we may not see Jon Snow in the future, but at least fans have a minimum of eight seasons and a possible spin-off to look forward to.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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