Seven hells! Game of Thrones is going to have eight seasons! George R.R. Martin may be writing a seven-book series about the world of Westeros– a land with seven gods and seven kingdoms, but the show Game of Thrones will now have eight or more seasons. The news was broken by the HBO President President Michael Lombardo who made the announcement at Television Critics Association. At least another season more than we have anticipated is exciting news for everyone reluctant to see Game of Thrones leave their screens for good. While Game of Thrones writers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have often suggested that they planned to write seven seasons, they seem to have changed their mind (or HBO changed their minds for them). The HBO president hinted that there might be even more seasons after the eighth season but that it was up to the writers who
“feel like there’s two more years after six. I would always love for them to change their minds, but that’s what we’re looking at right now.”
As if this news wasn’t thrilling enough, Lombardo also suggested that Game of Thrones prequels are in the works, which leaves a large variety of options open. George R.R. Martin’s world is abundant with backstories, leaving one to wonder if HBO will adapt more recent events to the screen, such as Robert’s Rebellion, or go into the more distant past with Dunk and Egg, two character George R.R. Martin has featured in several short stories which take place before current events in Westeros. Maybe we should all calm down. We don’t even have a Game of Thrones season 6 premiere date yet!
No matter what eventually is adapted by HBO, one thing is certain–rabid fans are guaranteed to eat it up. Lombardo, wasn’t all good news, though, as he went on to answer whether Jon Snow was really dead.
“He be dead. Um, yes. Everything I’ve seen, heard and read, Jon Snow is indeed dead,” Lombardo said.
However, fans should not get too down in the mouth. Being dead not necessarily mean you can’t be resurrected, and with a whole extra Game of Thrones season in the works, HBO has plenty of time to explore Jon Snow’s options regarding mortality. We don’t even know who his parents are yet! Do we?