Next year, the epic tale of Westeros (sometimes known as Game of Thrones) will come to an end after eight glorious seasons on HBO. The show's creator, however, believes that the show didn't have to be beheaded so soon.
“We could’ve gone 11, 12, 13 seasons, but I guess [showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss] wanted a life,” George R. R. Martin told Variety at the Emmys red carpet in Los Angeles Monday evening. "If you've read my novels, you know there was enough material for more seasons."
The fantasy writer also revealed that he grappled with Benioff and Weiss over the total number of seasons that the series would have. And, of course, members of the cast want to move on and play other characters.
“David and Dan have been saying for like five seasons that seven seasons is all they would go," he continued. “We got them to go to eight but not any more than that. There was a period like five years ago when they were saying seven seasons and I was saying 10 seasons and they won, they’re the ones actually working on it.”
Making the show is a daunting task that includes traveling all over the globe, employing hundreds of extras, and juggling dozens of storylines. If one story from April is to be believed, one battle sequence for the upcoming season took up 55 consecutive days of shooting.
It is unclear when Season 8 of Game of Thrones will premiere in 2019. Some reports and rumors peg it to the first half of the new year, while others state that we might have to wait a little longer for the end to come.
Even when that time comes, though, you don't have to worry, because Martin said that there are currently five (count em' FIVE) prequels in development. Their time periods will be set between 100 - 5,000 years before the events of GoT. He's also still working on the penultimate book in the series, The Winds of Winter.
Game of Thrones is nominated for three Primetime Emmy: Outstanding Drama Series, Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage), and Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Lena Headey). It already picked up a number of prizes at the Creative Emmys ceremony.