“Thrones” Author Didn’t Want Series End

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” recently wrapped filming on its final episode ever, with the eighth and final season set to debut next year on the cabler.

However, had author and show producer George R. R. Martin had his way he would’ve have had it keep going for years to come. Speaking with Variety on the Primetime Emmys red carpet on Monday, Martin says the decision was ultimately one of showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss:

“We could’ve gone 11, 12, 13 seasons. David and Dan have been saying for like five seasons that seven seasons is all they would go. We got them to go to eight but not any more than that. There was a period like five years ago when they were saying seven seasons and I was saying 10 seasons and they won, they’re the ones actually working on it. I know all of the actors, as great as they are, all the actors are anxious to get on and play other roles. They don’t want to spend their entire lives playing one role and that’s fine, that’s great, we had such an amazing cast.”

“Game of Thrones” is up for best drama series at the Emmys tonight along with nearly two dozen other awards. The final season is expected to return mid-2019.