Game of Thrones will be concluding with its eighth season, which is a more than respectable run for such an expensive program, but the creator of the franchise, George R.R. Martin, wishes that it could go on for a couple more seasons.
George R.R. Martin is the author of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series, which has been adapted into Game of Thrones. The novels are still being written, with The Winds of Winter being worked on for almost the entire run of the show. Game of Thrones had to cut a lot of the storylines from the novels in the adaptation process, which means that the show is now reaching its conclusion and has left the material from the books behind. Martin used to be more involved with the production of Game of Thrones and even wrote a few of the episodes, but he has since stepped back in order to focus on The Winds of Winter.
It seems that Martin would have liked the show to have progressed at a similar speed to the novels, as he was asked by Rolling Stone about his opinions on Game of Thrones reaching its conclusion and said that he wishes it wasn't ending so soon.
"You know, it’s complex. I’m a little sad, actually. I wish we had a few more seasons. But I understand. Dave and Dan are gonna go on to do other things, and I’m sure some of the actors were signed up for like seven or eight years, and they would like to go on and take other roles. All of that is fair. I’m not angry or anything like that, but there’s a little wistfulness in me."
It's natural that the cast and crew of any TV show would want to move on to other projects after almost a decade of work, especially with a show with as grueling a schedule as Game of Thrones. The fans will also not be away from Westeros for too long, as a Game of Thrones prequel show called The Long Night is currently in development and will focus on the events of the original war against the White Walkers, which takes place thousands of years before the events of the War of the Five Kings.
It's also possible that Martin might be afraid of the TV show fans joining the book readers in hassling him to finish The Winds of Winter, in the same way that the White Walkers keep adding the dead to their ever-swelling ranks. The fans of the A Song of Ice and Fire novels have been waiting impatiently for The Winds of Winter since the release of A Dance with Dragons in 2011, to the point where Martin's writing speed has been made fun of in a comedy sketch on The Conan O'Brien show. A couple more years of Game of Thrones might have at least placated the fans until the release of The Winds of Winter, but soon all of the attention will be focused squarely on Martin and his computer.
The final episode of Game of Thrones is due to be broadcast on May 19, 2019.
Source: Rolling Stone