Game of Thrones is famous for its gruesome, gory deaths and shocking demises, so perhaps it’s no surprise that it’s already planning its own end.
The hit HBO fantasy drama, which returns for its fifth season next month, is moving, albeit slowly, towards its final conclusion. “We still have a long way to go and things to figure out, but we definitely know where we’re heading and the major end-beats,” said showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff recently.
Nevertheless, it seems the show – which stars Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke – could be around longer than we thought.
Weiss and Benioff, who have worked on Thrones since its inception, have previously stated that their plan is to end the drama, based on George RR Martin’s novels, after seven seasons, but it turns out it could actually run a lot longer than that.
“Would I love the show to go ten years as both a fan and a network executive? Absolutely,” HBO’s programming president Michael Lombardo told Entertainment Weekly.
“This is the hard part of what we do,” he continued, talking about the problem of bringing the show to an end. “We started this journey with David and Dan. It’s their vision.”
But can Lombardo persuade the showrunners to make another five seasons? “We’ll have an honest conversation that explores all possible avenues,” he said.
“If [Weiss and Benioff] weren’t comfortable going beyond seven seasons, I trust them implicitly and trust that’s the right decision – as horrifying as that is to me. What I’m not going to do is have a show continue past where the creators believe they’ve finished with the story.”
Game of Thrones series five returns to Sky Atlantic on 13th April at 9:00pm