Ok, fine. I know it has to end sometime but I don’t want to hear anything about the Game of Thrones series finale until like, 2025. What? I’m asking too much?
Producer Frank Doelger spoke to the Radio Times at the BAFTA awards the other day:
“[The number of series] is being discussed as we speak. The third season was the first half of book three, season four will be the second part of book three. George RR Martin has written books four and five; six and seven are pending.
“I would hope that, if we all survive, and if the audience stays with us we’ll probably get through to seven seasons.”
Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but that math doesn’t quite work, does it? They split book three into seasons three and four and even if the rest of the novels were brought back down to one season each, that would leave us with eight seasons. Uh oh, you know what this means? They’re going to have to cut a lot out of Martin’s books.
You may remember Executive Producer David Benioff speaking earlier this year about how long he thought the show should run.
“Ideally, the books come out first,” Benioff told Entertainment Weekly. “We don’t want to become a show that outstays its welcome and tries to turn each book into three seasons. Part of what we love about these books, and this show, is this sense of momentum and building toward something. If we tried to turn this into a 10-season show we’d strangle the golden goose. There is a ticking clock here.”
How long do you think the show should go on to wrap up the story? We also must remember Martin’s writing speed plays at least some role. He can tell the showrunners where his story is headed but would proceeding with it on screen earlier hurt his inevitable novel releases?
(via Rolling Stone)