Game of Thrones May End with Season 8

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Can you believe it’s already been four years since Game of Thrones first blew our minds?

The mammoth HBO series has enjoyed 5 huge seasons thus far, bringing in record-breaking ratings and becoming an almost pop-culture staple in this amazing era of television. But, all good things must come to an end, even Game of Thrones.

The series has now caught up to the books and author George R.R. Martin has given showrunners/executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss enough notes for the series to go on for some time. So, how much longer do we have? According to HBO president of programming Michael Lombard, the show may run for 3 more seasons.

“Seven-seasons-and-out has never been the conversation,” Lombardo said at the Television Critics Association’s HBO presentation.

“The question is how much beyond seven are we going to do. [Benioff and Weiss are] feeling like there’s two more years after six. I would always love for them to change their minds. That’s what we’re looking at right now.”

Of course HBO would “love for them to change their minds”; Game of Thrones is the network’s highest-rating show of all time.

Who knows just how much Martin has given Benioff and Weiss to run with. Even if it isn’t substantial, there are still plenty of moving parts for them to drag out the series for a good while. However, no one wants to see the series outstay its welcome, losing momentum and ending in disappointing fashion, so eyeing a finish line from now is probably the best decision.

And let’s not forget, the Game of Thrones world is large (with Westeros, Essos, and Sothoryos being only three of the known continents) and full of history; could a prequel series be on the horizon?

“I would be open to anything Dan and David want to do,” Lombardo said. “It really would depend fully on what they want to do. I think you’re right, there’s enormous storytelling to be mined in a prequel. We haven’t had any conversations.”

Well, Mr. Lombardo, if Game of Thrones keeps bringing in the crowds and the series is indeed coming to an end, it may very well be time to start having those conversations.

The first episode of Game of Thrones season 6 will premiere in April 2016.

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