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

31 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Game of Thrones': Here’s how many seasons we’re getting.

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. After a critically acclaimed first season, True Detective has suffered from TV’s sophomore slump, facing complaints of confusing and misogynistic story lines as well as overwrought dialogue. “I think Nic Pizzolatto is one of the best writers working in television today,” Lombardo told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour. “Much like all of our shows, I didn’t believe this season or the last season was intended for as big an audience as we were getting. 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?

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.

I think he’s a spectacular writer.” Lombardo praised the upcoming final two episodes of the crime drama, which this season stars Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch and Vince Vaughn. “I think he takes a big swing,” Lombardo said. “All I can tell you is I think how the show ends is as satisfying as any show I’ve seen.” In fact, Lombardo says these episodes are key in appreciating what Pizzolatto has created this season. “First of all, I think you need to watch the entirety of it,” he said. “I think it’s enormously satisfying… I think Nic is a bold storyteller and I mean that only in the most positive ways. 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. 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.

What Pizzolatto is creating is “so much bolder and braver and ultimately, for me, satisfying than so much of what I see in film that I would happily be in business for him for a very long time.” Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire,” currently consists of five books and Martin has said that he’s planning on two more, “The Winds of Winter” and “A Dream of Spring.” The most recent, “A Dance with Dragons,” was released in 2011. 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. Some may be wondering where the extra material for an eighth season would come from, but the show hasn’t taken a strict one-season-consists-of-one-book approach.

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.

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