HBO chief says ‘Game of Thrones’ has likely expiration date but a prequel …

31 Jul 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.The second season of True Detective has been criticised for Vince Vaughn’s performance, being sexist, too confusing, and generally not living up to the dizzying standard set by the first. “I think you need to watch the entirety of it,” he told the Television Critics Association on Thursday. “I think the season’s ending is as satisfying as any series we’ve done.” He described writer Nic Pizzalatto as “one of the best writers working in film or television who takes big swings” and added, “If he wants to do another season, I said the door is open, we’d like to do another season of it.” The second season stars a brand new cast including Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, and Taylor Kitsch with the stars of the first acclaimed series, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, producing.

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? Times reports. (Then again, he would say that either way, wouldn’t he?) And as for those proponents of R+L=J, their theory could be put to the test on screen: Lombardo hinted, “There’s enormous storytelling to be mined in a prequel.”

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). 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. 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. 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.

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