HBO Exec On More “Thrones” Seasons, Film

The cast of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”, along with show runners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, are locked in for a sixth and seventh season of the big-budget fantasy series. The question becomes though – will the series stretch beyond that?

Both Benioff and Weiss have revealed that they have started laying groundwork to see the show end after seventh or eighth season. However, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo tells EW that the network is in zero rush to close off its biggest bread winner:

“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.

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.”

Lombardo also spoke about the potential for a film adaptation to close off the series. From the sounds of it, HBO doesn’t have much interest in the idea:

“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.”