New Insights Into The Future of Game of Thrones

By Irene Enlow on Mar 15, 2015 to Game of Thrones


Even as we look forward to Game of Thrones beginning soon this year, many at HBO are already anticipating the series end. In a recent article, Entertainment Weekly revealed exclusive interviews with many people who are in charge of Game of Thrones, discussing what the future may hold for the show.

While most people are aware that the writers of Game of Thrones, D.B. Weiss and Dan Benioff, anticipate finishing the show’s storyline in seven seasons, it appears that not everyone at HBO agrees with this schedule. The president of HBO’s programming, Michael Lombardo suggests in the article that he would like Game of Thrones to continue past seven seasons–perhaps even reaching ten. How the writers of the show and the powers that be of HBO will reconcile their differences is not immediately unclear, but even if the show does not continue past seven seasons, the article suggests other ways that the Game of Thrones franchise might continue on. For example– George R.R. Martin has often mentioned that he envisions ending the HBO show with a two hour feature film. Could this unprecedented idea become a reality? Probably not. Apparently HBO isn’t very enthusiastic about the movie idea which would have a necessarily limited audience and be a departure from the tradition of television. HBO’s general consensus seems to be that if a story starts in a certain medium, it should end in the same medium, which is logical but probably disappointing to fans who envision seeing an epic Game of Thrones finale on the big screen. Another option the article explores is creating a Game of Thrones spin-off–a prequel of some kind, which could prove promising given the rich history of George R.R. Martin’s world. At the moment however, HBO emphasizes that it is putting all of its effort into finishing Game of Thrones  in style before they worry about what will come after the end of the show. No matter what is ultimately decided, however, given what we know about the high quality of Game of Thrones. I’m sure it will be epic.

What would you rather see? A Game of Thrones movie or prequel series? Comment below!

  • bertan

    Well they missed the chance haven’t they? They could go slow, do 2 books in 3 seaons, tell the story in detail and give GRRM some time to finish at least this book. But what have they done? Just cut off major storylines (ahem, Greyjoys anyone?) and go rocket ship fast… The first 2 books were majorly season 1 and 2, part I of book 3 was mainly season 3. Minor alterations were done (Red Wedding was moved forward, Martells were pushed back), but everything was pretty much on schedule.

    Then season 4 comes along and they start doing big jumps, cutting storylines left and right. Bran’s entire storyline is nearly over at the end of Season 4. And by the looks of it, they are gonna catch up with the books by the end of Season 5. With a little bit of strech, they could easily do those 3 books in 4 or 5 seasons. Instead, they did it in 2.

    Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the show, but when it comes to going in synch with the books, they cocked up big time.

  • Harold Pawlik

    I would love to see a prequel .

  • Eleonora Iafano

    I would love to see a prequel series – and it could be based on The Tales of Dunk & Egg. At least you could see what events leading almost up to Robert’s Rebellion. Better yet – if it included that material, fans could see a young Robert Baratheon, Ned Stark, Tywin Lannister. That would be awesome. I would also love to see an eighth season, because there is more than enough material from the books. Ten seasons would be too long. 8 would be great!

    • Harold Pawlik

      that would be awesome

    • Jonas

      Writing a prequel book with all that characters is easier than making a tv show – those actors – Mark Addy, Sean Bean etc. – are too charismatic and unique and not easy to replace..

  • Fishhuntfrat

    Prequel Series! No Doubt!!

  • Christiane Möllmann-Menkhaus

    Movie! I really would like to see the series, but it takes over a year to the the next series and that’s much too long and getting boring. So then better see a whole story in movies!

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