"Game of Thrones" showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have said that they envision their HBO series ending after seven seasons. However, HBO has an appetite for even more Westeros.
Entertainment Weekly got the scoop from HBO programming president Michael Lombardo, who said the network would love to see the hit show extend beyond seven seasons. But Weiss and Benioff don't necessarily agree, saying their main focus is on giving the series a proper, satisfying ending, regardless of how many seasons that requires. “We want to go out on our absolute highest note,” Weiss said. Benioff added, “We know basically how many hours are left in this story. We don’t want to add 10 hours to that. It’s about finding that sweet spot so it works for us and for HBO and, most of all, it works for the audience.”
And what about a "Game of Thrones" movie? Speculation first began last year when George R.R. Martin mentioned a feature film could possibly end the series. HBO isn't big on the idea though, since they want to stay loyal to their subscribers instead of keeping the ending exclusive to movie theaters.
So far, "Game of Thrones" has only officially been renewed for a Season 6 and negotiations have been made with the top cast for a potential Season 7 -- which may hint at a possible spoiler. We do know the upcoming fifth season will deviate from the books, hence our speculation about where Sansa's storyline is headed and news that an unexpected character will die this year. Regardless, the future of the Seven Kingdoms is in your hands, Weiss and Benioff.
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"Game of Thrones" returns on April 12 at 9:00 p.m. ET on HBO.