According to HBO’s president of programming Michael Lombardo, there is a chance that Game of Thrones goes on beyond seven seasons, which is now the plan as last told to the public.
In fact, he said that going beyond season seven was never even a question.
Presumably, shooting beyond seven seasons would see the show diverge way off from the books, which has already started happening. “They sat me down and said, ‘This is how it is.’ If anything in the future is not like that, then I don’t know about it-it’s only in David and Dan and George’s heads”. I can’t speak to any single person’s particular taste or saturating point.
Our favourite characters may keep dying in the show but the show itself is not to meet the fate of those characters, at least for three more seasons.
When do you think is the right time to end “Game of Thrones?”
Of course that’s not a guarantee that the show will be renewed for two more seasons but its high ratings and fan following don’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. [Benioff and Weiss] feel like there’s two more years after six. Eventually there won’t be a next season of “Game of Thrones” and that’s a sobering reality that is slowly coming into focus.
The panel ended on a humorous note, as Lombardo was asked if Jon Snow was dead. The good news? Lombardo says the show will likely surpass its original seven-season projection.
Lombardo also fielded questions about a possible prequel series, or another spin-off, to capitalise on the popularity of Game of Thrones.
The television cult drama, which garnered about 20 million viewers this year (up one million from the prior season), is continuing to grow Lombardo said. I think it continues to grow dramatically.
However, observers like Emergency Awesome have pointed out that just because Jon Snow is dead does not mean the actor will not return. “He be dead”, Lombardo said, bluntly.