HBO exec on how long he wants Game of Thrones to run (+ why he doesn't want a film)

March 12, 2015 9:48 PM

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HBO exec on how long he wants Game of Thrones to run (+ why he doesn't want a film)

With a fifth season of Game of Thrones looming, fans are looking forward to the latest schemes, betrayals and slaughters in Westeros and beyond. HBO, however, is already looking ahead to the future of the series. We already know we can expect more than five years of the show, but exactly how many more is still a matter of some discussion at the network, and the future is made even more unclear by the ever-more-likely scenario that showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss will outpace Westeros' creator, George R.R. Martin, in telling the overall story. We've already seen signs of the show going its own way even as it adapts the fifth book in Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire saga, A Dance with Dragons, and with the publication date of Martin's sixth book still very uncertain, it's looking more and more like Benioff and Weiss will, perhaps with Martin's guidance, end the series onscreen before Martin ends it on the page.

But regardless of how the series eventually wraps up, how long will that take? Benioff and Weiss have publicly said in the past that they expect to take seven or eight seasons to tell the entire story, and that's an impressive run for any TV series, but considering how well the show has treated its ...

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