‘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!

  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.