According to the news coming out of TCA 2011, the HBO network is in for the long haul with our personal favorite of their television line-up, “Game of Thrones.” Though only the first season has aired so far, Entertainment Weekly reported on the event and has the news that the show will carry through to the end of the book series it is based on.
“We told [author George R.R. Martin] we’d go as long as he keeps writing,” HBO co-president Richard Plepler said.
While we might disagree with HBO programming president Michael Lombardo saying he hopes the show lasts for “20 years” (we’d give it 10 tops since there will only hopefully be seven books), it is good to hear that HBO isn’t planning on jumping dragon part way through their retelling of Martin’s saga. Lombardo said that they are doing the series “without any predetermined number of seasons,” but based on the mixing and matching planned for the second and third seasons, we’re guessing HBO would go over, not under.
“I promise you we won’t stop it before it’s ready to stop,” he said.
Lombardo and Plepler also addressed fans’ dismay that season two of “Game of Thrones” would be 10 episodes instead of a hoped 12, considering that the second novel in the series, “A Clash of Kings,” is significantly longer than its predecessor. The head honcho at HBO gave the best answer we could have hoped for: they’re sticking to 10 to preserve the great quality of “Game of Thrones.”
“The challenge on a show like Thrones is if we could do 12, we would,” Lombardo said, adding that HBO didn’t want fans to have to wait more than a year between seasons. “To produce those shows in the time they have, there’s no way they could physically do more than 10 [episodes] than for without diluting the quality of the execution.”
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