HBO’s Programming President assures fans that Game of Thrones won’t get Deadwooded or Romed. “I can promise you that we won’t stop it before it’s ready to stop,” he told reporters at the Television Critics Association press junket yesterday.
HBO Co-President Richard Pepler added, “We told George [RR Martin] we’d go as long as he kept writing.”
But wait! That’s not exactly a promise that the show will last as long as the books. For one thing, HBO says that they’re not entirely committed to the idea of one book equals one season. That’s actually good news for those who suffered through A Feast For Crows. And while they’re committed to the show, the HBO suits say that a lot of this rests on the shoulders of David Benioff and DB Weiss.
“I think the challenge for us is always, how long do the creators want to stay with the show?” Lombardo ponders. “Dan and David have signed on for a couple years and we’re going to have that conversations with them every couple years,” Lombardo adds.
So it sounds to me like HBO intends to end Game of Thrones fully and totally, but that the show may not end the same as the books - or could even end before the books. Think of it as the Scott Pilgrim option, where the movie has a different ending than the comic series. It seems smart of them to guarantee a finale, because this is a show that will sell like mad in the home video market, and having an unfinished series will eventually hurt those sales.
By the way, don’t get your hopes up for longer seasons. Again, from HitFix:
“If we could do 12 episodes of a show like ‘Game of Thrones,’ we would,” Lombardo says. He says that “there is no way they could physically do more than 10,” without sacrificing quality.