The Season 4 finale of Game of Thrones was watched by seven million people. That’s compared to the four million suckers who tuned into True Blood‘s series finale, or the 710,000 who saw Shosh freaking out over Josh Charles in the most recent episode of Girls. Point is, Game of Thrones is a massive, massive hit, and HBO wants it to stick around for longer than seven seasons, which is showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss’ stated preference.
“This is the hard part of what we do,” sighs HBO programming president Michael Lombardo. “We started this journey with David and Dan. It’s their vision. Would I love the show to go 10 years as both a fan and a network executive? Absolutely.”