The massively popular HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones is set to make a return on the silver screen with its eighth and final season next year. Well, it seems Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin isn’t quite happy with the show reaching its conclusion so soon.
During a red carpet interview with Variety at the Emmy Awards, when Martin was asked why the show is nearing its end, he replied that he doesn’t know anything about it.
“I don’t know. Ask [show co-creators] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] when they come through,” Martin said. “We could have gone to 11, 12, 13 seasons — but I guess they wanted a life.”
Martin said that he thinks the fantasy series could have had a much longer life. While there’s enough material for the show to last for 13 long seasons, the author hoped that it would last at least reach season 10.
“If you’ve read my novels, you know there was enough material for more seasons,” Martin said. “They made certain cuts.”
He said that he tried to convince the show creators to run the show for at least 10 seasons, but they are finally wrapping it up after season 8.
“David and Dan have been saying for five years that seven seasons was all they would go. We got them to go to eight but not any more than that” Martin said, “There was a period five years ago where they were saying seven seasons and I was saying 10, and they won.”
However, Martin seemed hopeful about the host of different Game of Thrones spinoff series in development.
“We have five other shows – five prequels in development – that are based on other periods in the history of Westeros,” The Game of Thrones author continued. “Some of them just a hundred years before Game of Thrones, some of them 5000 years before Game of Thrones.”
Martin also discussed his upcoming projects in development, including a new HBO show based on Nnedi Okorafor’s post-apocalyptic novel “Who Fears Death“. Martin is an executive producer on the show.
“We’re developing that to be, I hope, the next big HBO fantasy series,” he said.
Game of Thrones Season 8 is expected to turn up sometime in the spring of 2019.
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