Here, at the start of season 6 of Game of Thrones, we’re mostly thinking about what we want to happen in the next few months, not considering the end (or the possibility of spin-offs), but we have to realize that it is coming, and every episode brings it closer. We’ve heard a few different answers over the years, but Benioff and Weiss are claiming that number has been known for a while now. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Benioff gave a very clear statement:
“We’ve known for several years now how many hours, roughly, we want it to go. It hasn’t changed.”
So it is hours we should be concerned with, not seasons, and in that same interview they gave us their proposed number: 73. That would mean that not every season would have 10 episodes, and considering that the duo are planning to take this for 8 seasons, that would mean either two shortened seasons, or one particularly short season 8. Nothing is set in stone yet, but we may have our long nine month wait, soon, for less episodes. We’ll have to wait for an official announcement to know for sure, but this is the latest as we know it. And considering they’ve said nearly the same thing in two different interviews, it’s looking like that is what they are aiming for. Of course, HBO and the producers may have other things in mind, so again, we’ll just have to wait and see.
Lombardo on the end of GoT and Spin-Offs
No one really wants to talk about the end, but it’t not just fans that feel that way. Entertainment Weekly tells us the president of HBO, Michael Lombardo made a statement regarding his own feelings on the coming end:
“[Ending Thrones] will be a tough one for me – partly as an executive and partly as a fan. A show that resonates this way and works on all levels, it’s painful to imagine it ending. At the same time, David and Dan have a big responsibility and I respect that enormously. If we just keep going then we’re doing what the [broadcast] networks have done – and nobody wants to do that.” Everyone involved seems to love the show too much to really want it to end, but at the same time, Benioff and Weiss have both made it clear that the show must eb made to end while it is still exciting and before the grueling pace of filming wears everyone down too far. They want the ending to be as satisfying as the rest of the show and that is good to hear.
Now with the show coming to a close within the next few years, some fans are asking a very important question: Will there be a spin-off?
“No,” Lombardo revealed. “If that were to happen it would have to come from [Benioff and Weiss] really feeling something, or [author George R.R. Martin] really feeling that it was the right thing to do. Not knowing how this particular story ends, I don’t know. There are plenty of characters, secondary characters, [that] you could build a world around. We’re always going to be drawn to a strong creative vision. But we are not going to do that unless we feel their passion.”
There is tons of available material at their desposal, and plenty of characters who could use longer and more detailed back stories, but HBO doesn’t want to take the plunge unless it has the same passion behind it as the original story.
George RR Martin does have a suggestion: an adaptation on his novela’s about Dunk & Egg. For those who don’t know, Dunk & Egg is about the knight Ser Duncan the Tall, who later joins the Kingsguard, and his squire Egg. Egg has been mentioned quite a bit over the course of the Song of Ice and Fire series by Maester Aemon, and we learn that the Egg he means is his brother, otherwise known as King Aegon V Targaryen. So far there are three of these novelas, though more are reportedly coming. Martin’s suggestion was to make these stories into a 2 hour made for tv movie each rather than a weekly series. What do you all think? Would you like to see Dunk & Egg? Or do you have another suggestion. Let us know how you feel.
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