Game of Thrones To Run Eight Seasons?

For much of the past year there’s been the general thought that HBO’s epic fantasy drama “Game of Thrones” would come to a close in 2017 with its seventh season.

The first five seasons churned through the first five books in George R.R. Martin’s novel series. While the remaining two novels have yet to be published it seemed like seven was a good ‘guess-timate’ for seasons, and show runners David Benioff and Dan Weiss had previously indicated they’d like to end things before the show outstays its welcome.

The network however isn’t so fast to let its biggest cash cow go. Appearing at the Television Critics Association’s press tour late Thursday, HBO president Michael Lombardo says: “Seven-seasons-and-out has never been the conversation. The question is how much beyond seven are we going to do.”

He then adds that Benioff and Weiss 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.”

What about the possibility of a prequel? “I would always be open to anything Dan and David want to do. It really would depend fully on what they want to do. I think you’re right, there’s enormous storytelling to be mined in a prequel. We haven’t had any conversations.”

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As for the ending of the fifth season and the ensuing arguments and rumors about the fate of Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Lombardo is adamant that Snow is dead: “Dead is dead as dead as dead. He be dead. Yes. Everything I’ve seen, heard, read, Jon Snow is indeed dead.”

The show is currently in the midst of producing its sixth season which will premiere in April next year.