No matter which house you’ve sworn allegiance to, it looks to be that HBO will bring an end to the adorned TV adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire after Game of Thrones season 8.
It’s a finish line that has long been on the cards – there’s only so much of George R.R. Martin’s yet-to-be-finished fantasy epic to adapt, after all – with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss noting last year that the current series will likely run for another two-to-three seasons.
That was after the fifth installment, and as Game of Thrones eases closer and closer to its finale, Michael Lombardo revealed yesterday during the Television Critics Association’s HBO presentation that while he hopes Benioff and Weiss change their minds and stay on for more, releasing season 8 as the ultimate swan song remains the current plan.
“Seven-seasons-and-out has never been the [internal] conversation. The question is how much beyond seven are we going to do. [David and Dan 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.”
Then again, when you factor in the rich lore of Game of Thrones – one that spans aeons – not to mention the show’s trailblazing success, it’s hardly surprising to hear that HBO is keen to continue the IP via some form of spinoff. With such an untapped dynasty at their disposal, how about one that focuses on the Targaryen empire and its last, wholly unhinged ruler Aerys II? According to Lombardo, it’s a conversation that is always on the table at the network, adding that “I would be open to anything Dan and David want to do.”
Game of Thrones – and allegedly Kit Harrington – will return for season 6 when HBO’s acclaimed fantasy series hits the airwaves once again in spring 2016.