HBO’s head of programming says Game of Thrones is getting an eighth season

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HBO Boss: “Jon Snow Is Dead”…Do You Believe Him?.

This photo provided by courtesy of HBO shows, Sophie Turner (left) as Sansa Stark, and Iwan Rheon, as Ramsay Bolton, in a scene from season 5 of Game of Thrones. (FP) BEVERLY HILLS – 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.

That was the message delivered on Thursday by Michael Lombardo, the president of programming at HBO, at the Television Critics Association summer tour. 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, said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming. The question is how much beyond seven are we going to do.” Lombardo added that “(Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss) feel like there’s two more years after six.

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 R.R. 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. Lombardo defended its graphic depictions as part of the story and said he supported show creators Dan Weiss and David Benioff. “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.

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. 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. Viewers of HBO, a unit of Time Warner Inc, routinely tune in Sunday nights, but other days are less certain, he said. “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.” (Reuters) Martin novels that inspired it, noting that there is “enormous storytelling to be mined in a prequel.” It’s not hard to understand why HBO wants to keep “Game of Thrones” going for as long as possible.

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. The finale ended in a cryptic cliffhanger about a character’s apparent death and dominated the conversation online for days, further demonstrating the scale of the show’s pop culture footprint.

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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