George R.R. Martin is speaking out about Game of Thrones and admits that he isn’t happy that HBO’s hit series is coming to an end in 2019.
Adapting Martin’s 1996 novel of the same name (and the subsequent book series), showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have turned Game of Thrones into one of the biggest TV events of all time.
Since 2011, Game of Thrones has ruled it over the ratings as we’ve watched the fantasy favourite unfold seven seasons of slaughter and Starks, Daenerys and direwolves.
Season 8 is just around the corner and will round off our time in the Seven Kingdoms (for now) with a shortened season of just six episodes. It seems it isn’t only the show’s loyal fanbase that is disappointed Thrones is coming to an end.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Martin said, “I don’t think it should be the final season.” That being said, the 70-year-old has come to accept the show’s fate. “But here we are,” he continued. “It seems to me we just started last week. Has it been longer than that? The time has passed by in a blur.”
Given that Game of Thrones has become known for its deviation from the source material and cutting a whole Westeros worth of characters and storylines to fit onto TV, it’s easy to see where Martin is coming from.
Also, considering Game of Thrones has massively overtaken the book series and Martin still has TWO whole entries to release, the show is one that could’ve kept going for a lot longer. Martin’s latest comments echo a previous interview with Variety.
The acclaimed author revealed that Game of Thrones “could’ve gone 11, 12, 13 seasons.” He explained that Benioff and Weiss had always said they’d stop at seven, before Martin managed to squeeze the final run of six episodes out of the pair.
That being said, there’s always a danger that fans would lose interest and the show would’ve been dragged out longer than it needed to be *cough* Prison Break. Up there with legendary TV events like The Sopranos and Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones knows when to bow out on a high and hopefully deliver one of the best final seasons of all time.
Elsewhere, we shouldn’t feel too left out in the cold. Martin is currently sketching plans for HBO’s prequel series. Although details are thin on the ground, Oscar-nominated Naomi Watts has a leading role and there’s a tentative title of The Long Night. It’s all a long way off for now and at least we have Game of Thrones Season 8 to keep us occupied.
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