‘Game of Thrones’ Will Only Last 7 or 8 Seasons + Watch the Latest Season 4 Trailer

By March 11, 2014

Though fans can’t get enough of “Game of Thrones,” deep down everyone knows that the TV series can’t last forever – especially with the limited (and still unfolding) source material from author George R.R. Martin. And now we have any idea of just how long we’ll be able to enjoy the drama unfolding in Westeros.

Vanity Fair recently did a cover story on the popular HBO fantasy series, and they talked about the potential problem of the series catching up to what has been published so far. Martin is hard at work on finishing two more books in the series and he mentioned being hopeful that he won’t let the show catch up to his writing. But just in case, co-showrunners David Benioff & Dan Weiss might know more than anybody. The former says:

Last year we went out to Santa Fe for a week to sit down with him [Martin] and just talk through where things are going, because we don’t know if we are going to catch up and where exactly that would be. If you know the ending, then you can lay the groundwork for it. 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.

For fans who don’t keep up with the books, this upcoming fourth season adapts the second chunk of the third book in the series, but it sounds like there could be a little bit of the books that follow mixed in there as well. But despite how the books are being lumped together in series form, Weiss says that they will likely wrap up the show after seven or eight seasons. He says:

We know there’s an end somewhere in the seven- or eight-season zone. It’s not something that goes ten, eleven — it doesn’t just keep on going because it can. I think the desire to milk more out of it is what would eventually kill it, if we gave in to that.

We’re just glad they don’t feel the need to stretch it out, much like Hollywood has taken to splitting up the final chapter in franchises like The Hunger Games, Harry Potter or Twilight, just to capitalize on the end of a popular series before it’s over. After all, limited series like “True Detective” or shows that have a clear story arc planned out seem to be all the rage lately.

If you can’t wait until “Game of Thrones” returns on April 6th, check out the latest trailer below, and let us know in the comments what you think about when the show should come to an end.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.
  • Ryan

    Good to hear they’re not stretching it out. I can’t wait for the new season.