We’ve talked at length about the potential end game for Game of Thrones on HBO. We know it’ll close out before the end of the book series and we know that the showrunners have an ending in sight. Now that latter point is confirmed with a semi-firm date for the close of the series.
According to Variety, HBO’s Michael Lombardo revealed that showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have pegged the end of the series a lot closer to season six than we expected:
“‘Seven seasons and out’ has never been the conversation,” Lombardo told reporters during HBO’s presentation at the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour on Thursday. “The question is, how much beyond the seventh season are we going to do?”
According to Lombardo, “Game of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are “feeling like there’s probably two more years after [season] six,” noting that he would “love for them to change their minds, but that’s what we’re looking at right now.”
So that would mean eight seasons (and a movie?) for the super popular HBO series. That seems pretty reasonable given the previous reports and it’s also clear that winter has to eventually come to the show after the events of season five. There’s a lot of dead bodies piling up and you can’t keep doing that without being close to some breaking point.