In the, “well duh!” news story of the day. HBO apparently wants Game of Thrones to go past seven seasons. Which, for now, is where it’s scheduled to end.
This is not surprising (see: well DUH!), as Game of Thrones has pulled in big ratings since its arrival, and they continue to grow. Add to that, merchandising, the Game of Thrones game by TellTale, and more, and you have a blockbuster franchise that HBO doesn’t want to lose.
The problem is, how long is too long? The showrunners understand this question all too well.
“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.”
But what about the divide between showmaker and show network? What will happen if one wants one thing, while the other asks for more?
“We’ll have an honest conversation that explores all possible avenues,” Lombardo says. “If they weren’t comfortable going beyond seven seasons, I trust them implicitly and trust that’s the right decision—as horrifying as that is to me. 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.”
Time will tell who wins out. Season 5 of Game of Thrones comes April 12th.