Like magic in Westeros, Game of Thrones’ days are numbered – winter’s finally arrived and we know the show will come to a dramatic close after season eight… Or will it?
This weekend, one of HBO’s top dogs, Casey Bloys, the network’s programming chief, announced that the hit fantasy show would finish after eight seasons.
Speaking to audiences at the Television Critics Press Tour in LA, he said:
Believe me, as the new guy, if I could get them [David Benioff and D.B. Weiss] to do to more, I would take 10 more seasons.
But we take their lead on what they think they can do [to make] the best version of the show.HBO
Now, however, a spokesperson, speaking to Buzzfeed, has revealed that the show may not be taking the black anytime soon and could be around for a while longer yet.
Casey did confirm Season Eight, but didn’t really say for sure that’s the end.Literal franchise zombies - HBO
While I hope that the creators are doing this because it’s the right creative decision, I can’t help but think this may be a slightly more cynical ploy to keep a popular and profitable show on the air.
It wouldn’t be the first time a popular series has been allowed to become a ‘franchise zombie’ just to keep the studio earning money…