HBO has always been known for producing high-quality original programming, and the network’s current darling may end up giving them more fuel on which to thrive in the coming years.
According to a new report at Variety, HBO president Michael Lombardo recently spoke at the Television Critics Association summer press tour during the network’s presentation. On the subject of the network’s aims with the hit series,Lombardo seemed reticent to think about what HBO will do once the show reaches its inevitable conclusion. On the topic of the show’s longevity and the network’s hopes, he said,
‘Seven seasons and out’ has never been the conversation. The question is, how much beyond the seventh season are we going to do?
Lombardo elaborated, saying that showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss likely feel that, “there’s probably two more years after [season] six, [though we’d] love for them to change their minds, but that’s what we’re looking at right now.” It’s clear to see that HBO sees the series as one of its strongest assets, and clearly wants it to run for as long as is possible. Lombardo had previously shared that his vision for “Game of Thrones” is for the show to run for at least a decade, but it would likely have to come up with a great deal of original material in order to fill up as many as 20-30 additional episodes beyond what the showrunners see.
We started this journey with David and Dan. It’s their vision. Would I love the show to go 10 years as both a fan and a network executive? Absolutely. We’ll have an honest conversation that explores all possible avenues […] What I’m not going to do is have a show continue past where the creators believe where they feel they’ve finished with the story.
The subject was then brought up about expanding the show’s narrative presence with a series that could serve as a prequel to the events of season 1, which Lombardo seemed more than receptive to.
I would be open to anything David and Dan want to do […] there’s enormous storytelling to be mined in a prequel. [Right now, though,] the focus is on figuring out the next few years of this show.
“Game of Thrones” is expected to return for its sixth season next spring, and is currently shooting in Ireland. For more developments coming out of Westeros and its future on television, keep your eyes on GeekNation!
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