‘Game of Thrones’ Producer Wants 8 Seasons Total – Will You Watch?

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Game of Thrones is riding high following the release of the full season 3 trailer – teasing the return of fan-favorite characters along with some new faces, not to mention some epic dragon action! The show continues to cull a strong and passionate following, leading many viewers to wonder just how long can the show keep up the pace and how many seasons will HBO produce. After all, the series is limited by creator George R.R. Martin’s book series, which includes five published installments with two more on the way.

So how many more seasons will HBO’s Game of Thrones stay on the air? If showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have it their way, the series’ lifespan could ratchet up to eight seasons, but only so long as the network wants to keep producing it.

Benioff and Weiss recently opened up about the program’s longevity in a recent interview with Mother Jones, in which they discussed not only the duration of the show but also some of the difficulties and challenges they faced in shooting its upcoming third season. On the specific topic of Thrones‘ remaining seasons, however, they had this to say:

MJ: I gather that Game of Thrones could last eight or nine seasons. Does that mean putting novel writing on hold for a decade?

B&W: Yes, if we live that long and HBO keeps wanting to make the show. We have the opportunity here to tell a coherent story that lasts for 80 hours. And while a canvas of that size presents all sorts of storytelling problems, it also allows us to spend more time with these characters we love than we’ll ever get again. Every once in a while we get five minutes to think about thinking about novels. But mostly we’re just happy when we get to read one now and again.

There has always existed a degree of uncertainty over how long Game of Thrones will last, but with the critical and mainstream success the show has enjoyed since first airing back in 2011 (not to mention the slew of Emmy nominations it has received and won), it seems likely that it will soldier on to the very end once George R.R. Martin has completed his as-yet unfinished septet of epic fantasy novels. If nothing else, it’s clear that Benioff and Weiss are game to continue serving as executive producers for as many seasons as HBO gives them.

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For fans, 80 hours of television spent in Westeros and Essos should sound like a dream come true. If the span of Martin’s original work serves as any indication, however, that figure might be somewhat conservative. Season three – which premieres on March 31st, 2013 - only covers the first half of the third book in the Song of Ice and Fire series, titled A Storm of Swords; season four will adapt the remainder, a natural split given the immensity of the story. (The novel is so long, in fact, that the UK and Australia editions were sold in two parts.)

That leaves books four and five - A Feast For Crows and A Dance With Dragons, respectively – left to transplant from page to screen, as well as the incomplete sixth and seventh entries, titled The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring. The latter two novels remain unknown quantities in the television show’s scale; they could fit into a single season each or require separation just like A Storm of Swords. Meanwhile, A Feast For Crows and A Dance With Dragons both boast impressive page lengths, but could arguably be cut down and combined into one total season together. Eight seasons, as suggested, seems like a good ballpark figure, but as Martin has neither finished The Winds of Winter nor A Dream of Spring, we can only go by what Benioff and Weiss have to say for the time being.

In the meantime, the show’s viewers can look ahead to season 3. Are you in it for the long haul, and does another five seasons of Game of Thrones excite you? Put your two cents in the poll below and in the comments section, and we’ll see you back here when Game of Thrones returns to television at the end of the month!

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Game of Thrones season 3 premieres Sunday, March 31 on HBO.

Source: Mother Jones

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  1. By the end of season 3 the stark family was killed, mamed, crippled, separated, and married off to the enemy. The main reason for watching the series was slowly being ripped from us (the viewers) leaving a gaping emotional hole that was slowly being replaced by anger. Anger for the story plot twists, anger for favorite characters being killed off, and anger for the proverbial “good guy” always losing to the evil villains. WELL I’M DONE WATCHING!! Good job messing up what could have been a good series!

    • So what is it you want?
      That the makers of the TV series should go contrary to the books it’s based on?
      The TV series is almost exactly like book.
      And this is why this weird is loved so much because you can not predict anything at all.
      And there at so many characters and not just one that the story will around them.

      It’s your prerogative to hate it for any kiddish reason though.
      No offence.

  2. I am hoping that Game of Thrones, will go for 8 seasons, I would watch any amount of seasons, it is the best show created, with actors who know their craft well. Keep them coming season after season, there are a lot of us out here, that want to see this show go on!

    • Kevin,
      I understand your frustration, but all shows pretty much do the same thing, of course they kill off the good guys, it gives them a chance to bring in new characters. There is always twist and turns, but it is the story that keeps us riveted to the show, that’s what keeps us watching. Like the saying goes, life is not a bowl of cherries, and the good die young, as for the story plot, game of thrones is no different than other shows, like the walking dead, good guys get killed. Sit back and enjoy the show, for what it is, a good script, good story telling, excellent acting, I hope they push it to 10 seasons, look at 24 went on for years, still held your interest, that is what good scripts do! You have a right to your opinion, on the other hand, I will be watching for as long as they put it out there, I am a Game of Thrones die hard fan, keep them coming!

  3. Ive just finished the end of season 4. It is a gold platinum tv. Never has a series got my heart going. You dont know whats going to happen next, i am sad when they kill cool characters but thats what keeps you guessing. The only bad thing about such an awsome series is you can only watch it the 1st time once. Keep them coming. Just to note as well that tyrian lannister is one of the coolest characters ever

  4. BEST SHOW I HAVE EVER SEEN!!! I just finished season for still wanting more. I watch it with my friends and discuss about it because its THAT GOOD! If you stop the series I will have no choice but to read all of the BOOKS! I have to know whats next. Make as many seasons as you can and I will watch ALL of them and so will many others. If you do you will get more and more watchers. This show will become famous. I didnt here of this show until the end of season four. I watched one episode and I was HOOKED.

  5. I would be down for any number of seasons for this fantastic series! George R R Martin said that The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring will have 1500 manuscript pages each. Given that A Storm of Swords had 992 and was split into two 10 episode seasons, this would suggest the last two novels will similarly require at least two seasons each. I imagine Seasons 5 and 6 will be enough to deal with the two books A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons as some of the material from those books has already been used in the fourth season. But given how long the last two books are going to be I think 10 seasons will be the minimum overall.

    Though there will be some interesting problems, A Dance with Dragons which was 1056 pages long took Martin about six years to write. Though he is making good progress on the fifth book (1500 pages this time remember!) it looks likely it won’t be published until 2017. The seventh season (dealing with the first half of this novel) is set for release in 2017 and perfectly coincides with the release of the novel. However, presumably the eighth season will finish by the summer of 2018 and Martin may still not have completed the final novel. This would make for an interesting decision as the final novel may not be published till 2023 based on his usual track record and the TV series will have to either complete the final two seasons before the final book has come out (no doubt angering many of the readers) or wait up to four or five years before producing the final two seasons (in 2022 or 2023) out of principal. Equally we must remember he completed the 992 page long A Storm of Swords in only a year and a half, so he could even only take about two years to make the final novel which could make it perfect. But since he is entering into his fourth year of writing The Winds of Winter, it looks more likely he will take up to five years for both.

    I think in between they could make some prequel series about Aegon the Conqueror’s conquest of Westeros or Robert’s rebellion, Martin has created such a rich and deep history to his world there would be more than enough material to produce four or five “spin-off” series to fill in the gap and prevent any loss of momentum or loss of interest. They don’t even have to be that long, say five six episode mini-series in non chronological order about certain episodes in the history of Westeros or Essos once a year until they can shoot the next one! I would certainly lap this up and it would just give many fans a chance to buy all the DVD or Blue-Ray box-sets and watch all eight seasons in preparation for whenever season nine was able to be released as well as indulge themselves with an even deeper journey into Martin’s world.

    • I also might add that Martin has hinted at an eighth novel! This would extend the series to at least eleven or possibly twelve seasons and again create the problem where the eighth novel won’t be completed till 2029, again more “spin-off” shows could be required between 2023 and 2029. It could seem almost never ending, but I’ll still be hooked! Though it is more likely they would just produce the last season(s) straight after season 10 by that point!
      Five ideas for good spin-off seasons, “The Long Night” when the Winter lasts for generations and The Others invade ending with the Battle for Dawn and the building the wall, main character Azor Ahai who wields a flaming sword and Brandon the Builder (builder of the Wall and Winterfell, first king of the north).

      “Andal Invasion” charting the invasion of the Andals from across the Narrow Sea, all of Westeros is conquered apart from the north. Main character King Theon Stark.

      “The War of Conquest” Aegon the Conqueror invades and conquers Westeros in two years with their dragons.

      “The Young Dragon” Daeron conquers Dorne even without dragons. Pretty interesting characters and could be a good tragedy.

      “The Year of the False Spring” includes Tourney at Harrenhal, fight against the Kingswood Brotherhood and Robert’s Rebellion, obviously a lot of great characters here like Robert Baratheon, Ned Stark, Aerys Targaryen (The Mad King), Prince Rhaegar, a young Jamie Lannister, Barriston Selmey, Tywin Lannister, Lyanna Stark, Jon Arryn, “The Mountain”, “The Smiling Knight”, Ser Arthur Dayne etc.

  6. As long as it’s good TV, I hope it keeps on going, but I can’t see it going much longer than 8-9 seasons.

    You just have to wonder if the overall story line will suffer if the focus turns more towards elaborate subplots. Sure, I expect them to be interesting, although I’m already a bit bored with Dany, and from what I can tell, people are very much bored with Bran.

  7. i just watched season 4. It’s all getting to spread out and very thin with the samo samo . Personally I think the writer hasn’t got a clue how to end this epic story. Far to many dimensions with such short time lines to tie it all off. Its becoming a cash cal as always. Rather than having the good grace to end it with pride. Even Tolkien knew when to end his books that’s why he will remain timess. Game of thrones will not be. Writers should remember it’s only us the people that feed you and tire of you so easily.

    • CASH CAL looooool moron alert

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