The end of Game of Thrones is a terribly depressing thing to think about for fans. Thankfully a final season has yet to be announced, but that doesn’t mean that those involved with the show aren’t already thinking about when they’ll wrap everything up and try to stick the landing, so to speak.
HBO programming president Michael Lombardo and showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have spoken on when the end of the show might come, and also on whether or not they would consider concluding the show with a last hurrah on the big screen instead of on HBO.
See what they had to say below.
It’s been said that Benioff and Weiss are aiming at the seven-season mark, and according to Benioff they definitely have a solid of idea of how long they’ll run:
“We see the light at the end of the tunnel. We still have a long way to go and things to figure out, but we definitely know where we’re heading and the major end-beats.”
If Lombardo had his way, however, Game of Thrones would run for ten seasons…something fans surely would be just fine with:
“This is the hard part of what we do. 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.”
As much as Lombardo want the show to run for longer, when the time comes, everyone will get together and have a good chat about where things stand. Lombardo added:
“We’ll have an honest conversation that explores all possible avenues. 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.”
This has a chance at being a win-win situation for fans. On one hand we could get eight, nine, maybe ten seasons if everyone decides the story can be stretched that long and/or if author George R.R. Martin’s currently unreleased next book hits store shelves and helps extend the show a season or two. On the other hand, it’s not the worst thing in the world to know the show won’t be forced beyond where they feel is the right time to end it just to milk it for all it’s worth.
Another thing that’s been talked about over the years has been possible Game of Thrones movies. Martin was asked about doing movies before and said it might be necessary to help wrap things up considering how big the books (and dragons) get. The show also recently had a surprisingly impressive run in IMAX, scoring almost $2 million on just 205 screens showing a pair of already seen episodes from the previous season (as well as the highly anticipated first trailer for season five).
But this doesn’t look like a route HBO wants to take, as it wouldn’t be fair to the fans. Lombardo said of the movie option:
“Certainly there have been conversations where it’s been said, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to do that?’ But when you start a series with our subscribers, the promise is that for your HBO fee that we’re going to take you to the end of this. I feel that on some level [a movie would be] changing the rules: Now you have to pay $16 to see how your show ends.”
Wrapping the show up with a movie would be the worst possible way to go, if you ask me. The MPAA would faint trying to figure out what to rate it, or it would be watered down so much just to get an R rating that it wouldn’t even feel like Game of Thrones anymore. Not at all worth it.
Entertainment Weekly thinks there’s a good chance HBO will simply end on a two-part mega-season, making season seven the final season but making it a lot longer than the usual ten episodes and splitting it into two parts. This option makes plenty of sense as it’s around when the show is expected to end and also allows HBO to stretch things a bit without having to re-negotiate more seasons with the cast.
Whatever is ultimately decided, the primary objective is to close the show out in the best way possible and not become another one of those great shows with a rocky ending:
“We want to go out on our absolute highest note,” Weiss says. “We don’t want people to finally see the end and say, ‘Thank god that’s over.’” Adds Benioff: “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.”