The end is nigh…ish.
Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have confirmed their long-rumored plans to end the HBO drama after Season 7.
“It feels like this is the midpoint for us,” Benioff tells Entertainment Weekly of Season 4, which premieres April 6 at 9/8c. “If we’re going to go seven seasons, which is the plan, season 4 is right down the middle, the pivot point. … Seven gods, seven kingdoms, seven seasons. It feels right to us.”
HBO programming president Michael Lombardo tells EW that seven seasons sounds good to the network, though eight would sound even better.
As for the possibility that Thrones will reach its end before George R.R. Martin has a chance to complete the novels upon which the series is based — the sixth book, The Winds of Winter, is still being written — Benioff and Weiss have a back-up plan.
In the April 2014 issue of Vanity Fair, Benioff reveals that he and Weiss met with Martin last year to find out how he plans to end his series.
“If you know the ending, then you can lay the groundwork for it,” Benioff tells the magazine. “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, meanwhile, is doing everything in his power to avoid having to resort to Plan B.
“I can give them the broad strokes of what I intend to write, but the details aren’t there yet,” the scribe tells Vanity Fair. “I’m hopeful that I can not let them catch up with me.”
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