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.