HBO exec: ‘Jon Snow is indeed dead’

31 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Game of Thrones likely to continue for three more seasons, HBO says.

HBO’s most-watched series, the medieval fantasy drama “Game of Thrones,” will likely continue through three more seasons, a network executive said on Thursday, as he defended the show’s gritty violence. Executives have planned to run at least seven seasons and are discussing with the show’s creators how much longer the show will extend beyond that, according to Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming. Lombardo said he’d like to have more beyond that and would also be open to a prequel to the story of the epic battle for the Iron Throne in the fictional kingdom of Westeros, based on George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books. The series also generated controversy for a brutal rape scene and burning of a child. “This show has had violence as part of its many threads from first episode,” he said. “There are no two showrunners more careful about not overstepping what they think the line is.“ The fifth season also ended by killing off one of its lead characters and fan favourite, Jon Snow, but viewers have been speculating that the character will return – not that Lombardo was giving away anything on Thursday.

Game of Thrones this year also helped launch HBO’s standalone streaming service HBO Now, where viewers can watch HBO programming at any time without a cable subscription, as television continues to move toward on-demand viewing. He also said marketing had become more challenging amid an explosion of critically acclaimed shows. “I worry about that all the time,” he said. “Particularly with a digital platform and on-demand where things are available, I think quality will ultimately win out.”

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