Game of Thrones hopes for eight seasons, with a prequel on the table
As each “Game of Thrones” season-finale shocks us with another twist, millions of fans around the world instantly start debating what will happen in the next season. Eventually there won’t be a next season of “Game of Thrones” and that’s a sobering reality that is slowly coming into focus.
Today during HBO’s Television Critics Association (TCA) presentation, HBO president Michael told the press, “‘Seven seasons and out’ has never been the conversation.” Lombardo then asked, “The question is, how much beyond the seventh season are we going to do?”
To answer that question for you, it looks like one extra. Lombardo and the “Game of Thrones” show-runners, David Benioff and Dan Weiss, seem to thing that there are “probably two more years after [season] six.” Lombardo told the press that he would “love for them to change their minds,” but admitted, “that’s what we’re looking at right now.”
In the past HBO talked about making ten-seasons of the popular series but as costs rise and actors age, doing ten seasons might not be as possible as the network had envisioned in the past.
Lombardo told the press earlier this year, “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. We’ll have an honest conversation that explores all possible avenues … 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.”
So if the actors are getting too popular to keep on the payroll and the children are growing-up too quickly, what can HBO do to appease the millions of fans around the world that wish they had more GoT to watch? Start all over seems to be the going trend with Walking Dead and HBO might follow their lead.
At TCA Lombardo said, “I would be open to anything David and Dan want to do … there’s enormous storytelling to be mined in a prequel.”
Don’t get too excited about streaming a new Game of Thrones prequel premiere though, right now Lombardo said the team is only focusing on “figuring out the next few years of this show.”
The press had questions about next season of course and eventually someone asked about Jon Snow. I say eventually because that’s just what any member of the press seems to do when they are within 300 feet of anyone that is involved with “Game of Thrones” nowadays.
As you can imagine Lombardo didn’t offer-up any new information. “Dead is dead is dead. He be dead… Everything I’ve seen, heard and read, Jon Snow is indeed dead,” Lombardo told the press.
Fans know that being dead on “Game of Thrones” doesn’t necessarily mean that they are dead forever, but asking anyone on the show to spoil season six secrets is a fad that should die and not be resurrected.