Game of Thrones May End Like Breaking Bad

March 12, 2015 10:19 PM

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Game of Thrones May End Like Breaking Bad

The most careful diplomacy in EW's (print-only) Game of Thrones cover story isn't between Daenerys Targaryen and the inhabitants of Meereen — it's between the show's producers, who keep saying they plan to end the show after seven seasons, and executives at HBO, who really wouldn't mind it if their cash cow kept running for a little while more. As HBO's Michael Lombardo tells the mag: "Would I love the show to go 10 years as both a fan and a network executive? Absolutely." But, he cautions, he's definitely not trying to get David Beinoff and D.B. Weiss to do anything they don't want to do, no sir. "If [Benioff and Weiss] weren’t comfortable going beyond seven seasons, I ... trust that’s the right decision — as horrifying as that is to me," he says. "What I’m not going to do is have a show continue past where the creators believe where they feel they’ve finished with the story."

Of course, there's a third major player who has his own plan for the show's ending: author George R.R. Martin, who won't stop talking about making a GoT movie. Not going to happen, says Lombardo. "When you start a series with our subscribers, the promise is that for your HBO fee that we’re going to ...

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