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‘Game of Thrones’ Showrunners Say the Series Will End After Season Seven or Eight

The premiere of Game of Thrones Season 4 on April 6 will apparently mark the halfway point of the series run, if showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are to be believed.

In a cover story for Vanity Fair, Benioff notes that the show is quickly approaching its endgame, which necessitated the co-creators sitting down with George R.R. Martin (the author of A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series on which Game of Thrones is based) to go over how the epic was to end.

“Last year we went out to Santa Fe for a week to sit down with him [Martin] and just talk through where things are going, because we don’t know if we are going to catch up and where exactly that would be. If you know the ending, then you can lay the groundwork for it. And so we want to know how everything ends. We want to be able to set things up. So we just sat down with him and literally went through every character.”

Martin, who was also interviewed for the piece, added: “I can give them the broad strokes of what I intend to write, but the details aren’t there yet. I’m hopeful that I can not let them catch up with me.”

But beyond the concern of the TV show catching up with his books, Martin is concerned with how the logistics of filming a long-running TV series has created certain contrasts with the book, as in the case of Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark.

“Maisie was the same age as Arya when it started, but now Maisie is a young woman and Arya is still 11. Time is passing very slowly in the books and very fast in real life.”

'Game of Thrones' Showrunners Say the Series Will End After Season Seven or Eight

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But the real story here is the news that Benioff and Weiss have an end date in mind, and it’s coming sooner rather than later. Weiss tells Vanity Fair that he and Benioff would like to end the series after seven or eight seasons. “It doesn’t just keep on going because it can,” says Weiss. “I think the desire to milk more out of it is what would eventually kill it, if we gave in to that.”

There are still two books left in the series, and it seems inevitable now that the series will overtake Martin’s novels. Otherwise, the show might need to go an extra season or two just to cram everything in. As a long-standing fan of the books, I’m not sure how I’ll feel about seeing the end to the story before getting to read it. But given the long writing time for Martin’s books, I probably shouldn’t be all that surprised at this apparent inevitability. All that having been said, I think eight seasons is the right amount of time for this to run, assuming the show can hit all the beats of the story without having to sacrifice too much of the nuance and depth of the books. And hey, I trust Benioff & Weiss implicitly. After all, they’ve brought us this far.

Via: Vanity Fair

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