‘Game of Thrones’: Jon Snow IS dead; or is he?

1 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Game of Thrones Has 3 Seasons Left, HBO President Says.

That’s the word from HBO programming president Michael Lombardo, who says viewers can likely expect eight seasons total of Game of Thrones before the hit show wraps up its run. Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have said in the past that their goal was to do seven season of the fantasy series. “Seven gods, seven kingdoms, seven seasons. It feels right to us,” Benioff said last year. “Seven-seasons-and-out has never been the [internal] conversation,” Lombardo said, reports Entertainment Weekly. “The question is: How much beyond seven are we going to do? Probably because the show is one of pay TV’s most popular series, and has actually been growing in popularity since it launched (most shows’ ratings wane the longer they’re on the air).

I would always love for them to change their minds, but that’s what we’re looking at right now.” Presumably, shooting beyond seven seasons would see the show diverge way off from the books, which has already started happening. Add that to the show’s awards prowess and merchandising potential, and you have a foolproof global hit that no executive in his right mind would ever want to end. In contrast, for a good long while they wanted to do a “seven books, seven seasons” type run, but as I remarked back in March, that seemed insanely ambitious. Perhaps the most notorious example is Showtime’s serial killer show Dexter, which was one of the best things on television for its first four seasons before deteriorating into, arguably, one of the worst for its last few years.

Martin) and Dan and David decide they want to tackle that.” One thing he did confirm, though, was that Jon Snow’s hotly debated death did in fact mark his demise. “Dead is dead as dead as dead. Now, season five has come and gone, and Benioff and Weiss did the impossible of combining two of Martin’s books into one season, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons. We haven’t had any conversations about [a new series] at this point.” “This show has had violence from the first episode,” he said. “There are no two showrunners who are more careful about not overstepping what they think the line is – and everybody has their own line. [What they show] is critical to the storytelling.” Dexter probably wishes it could have gone the way of FX’s Justified, which eschewed the possibility of several more seasons and wrapped up perfectly after its sixth.

It helped that the two were both set in the same stretch of time, just featuring different characters, but it still required a lot of fat-cutting to finish almost all of both by the end of one season. During the the third season of Lost, the writers of the show had literally written their main characters into cages, a metaphor for how they felt not knowing how long they’d be making the show. They eventually sealed a deal with ABC to have the show continue for three more seasons, which reinvigorated the writing team and gave the series some much-needed narrative focus.

Martin’s books, the show’s writers are partly on their own—though they’ve said Martin has told them in advance where he plans to take the story. Deciding on an end date could ensure that Thrones doesn’t “jump the dragon.” Even if its eighth season—set to to air sometime around 2018—is its final one, that probably won’t be the last we see of the fictional world of Westeros.

Now, the show only has to finish out bits and pieces of Crows and Dragons, and then will take on The Winds of Winter and the unwritten, unnamed final book in the series. While it remains to be seen when the book is going to be released to the public, I don’t think that Weiss and Benioff are at the point where they have to start completely freestyling outside of Martin’s guidance. Winter is at least partially written, and Martin has to know where it’s going, so season six may very well “spoil” many aspects of the book by sticking close to the major plot points. Without saying it openly, that would strongly imply a series set during Robert’s Rebellion featuring a younger Ned, Robert, Tywin and Jaime as major players.

If this continues to develop as an idea, I’ll have a lot more to say about it, but for now, I’m a bit skeptical as to how that would work in practice. Villains wouldn’t be terribly effective either, as we know exactly who dies, and how (the Targaryens would be the Starks of such a show, in terms of pure bodycount).

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