'Game of Thrones' to end with season 7? Producers say 'probably'

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in "Second Sons"The intensity just keeps ratcheting up on Game of Thrones, but how long can it last? The show is expensive, and though it's very popular right now, there's no guarantee that its success won't fade with time. In order to keep fans invested Game of Thrones is eventually going to have to declare an end date.

A number of those have been thrown around, but most recently the show's production staff are saying that the show could last for seven seasons.

"[The number of seasons] is being discussed as we speak," producer Jack Dolger told the Radio Times.  "The third season was the first half of book three, season four will be the second part of book three. . . George R.R. Martin has written books four and five; six and seven are pending. I would hope that, if we all survive and if the audience stays with us, we'll probably get through to seven seasons."

That's a little conservative by some estimates. Benioff and Weiss have previously declared eight seasons to be the perfect length in interviews, and I have to agree with them. If the series adapts up until where the books are now, that leaves the show with just twenty hours to wrap up all the story's dangling threads (and there are only ten billion of those). An eighth season would be an insurance policy to make sure the show's ending doesn't feel rushed, and instead feels as deserved and triumphant as we all know it can be. Of course, this also means that we won't get an ending until 2018... but I'm okay with that, I think. 

What do you think? Seven or eight seasons for Game of Thrones?

Game of Thrones airs a new episode, "Second Sons," tonight at 9/8c on HBO.

- Game of Thrones
- David Benioff
- D.B. Weiss

Written by: mcpherson
May 19th, 2013, 1:24 pm

Images courtesy of HBO

Lord Omega

Message Posted On May 20th, 2013, 12:10 pm
8 seasons definitely, and hopefully more once Martin releases more books.

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Message Posted On May 20th, 2013, 7:54 am

I agree with Brave, Martin takes nearly 5 years to complete one book, Winds of Winter wont be out untill 2014-15, approximately the current TV season 3 are coinciding with book 3, there are 5 books out, 2 years, 2 more books, will definately finish before the 6th book is out. They are going to have to decide to go off book soon.

Agi Ogaga

Message Posted On May 20th, 2013, 7:16 am
The show is awesome, which ever season they choose to end it is fine by me as long as it doesn't become boring.

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Message Posted On May 20th, 2013, 1:36 am

8 would be better


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Message Posted On May 19th, 2013, 4:03 pm

They'll have to go off-book soon-ish if they want to end in 7 seasons.


Message Posted On May 19th, 2013, 2:03 pm
Problem is that books 4 and 5 are a bit long winded, stretching them out to any more than 2 seasons a piece will get boring quickly. Tack on to that Martin's inability to do anything at more than glacier speed these days the show will have caught up before he even releases book 6.
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