HBO Would Love A Ten Year Run For ‘Game Of Thrones’

"We see the light at the end of the tunnel," Benioff said. "We still have a long way to go and things to figure out, but we definitely know where we're heading and the major end-beats."

Executive Producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss have revealed that they have a clear vision on how they’ll end ‘Game Of Thrones’.

In a recent interview for Entertainment Weekly the duo revealed that ideally the series will run for 7 seasons, but HBO may want for that to extend to ten seasons.

“We see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Benioff said. “We still have a long way to go and things to figure out, but we definitely know where we’re heading and the major end-beats.”

“This is the hard part of what we do,” said HBO programming president Michael Lombardo. “We started this journey with David and Dan. It’s their vision. Would I love the show to go ten years as both a fan and a network executive? Absolutely.”

He continued: “We’ll have an honest conversation that explores all possible avenues. If they weren’t comfortable going beyond seven seasons, I trust them implicitly and trust that’s the right decision – as horrifying as that is to me.

“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.”

When dealing with the potential of ending the series with a theatrical movie, Lombardo said: “Certainly there have been conversations where it’s been said, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to do that?’

“But when you start a series with our subscribers, the promise is that for your HBO fee that we’re going to take you to the end of this. I feel that on some level [a movie would be] changing the rules: Now you have to pay $16 to see how your show ends.”

Weiss added that their main focus is giving Thrones the best possible ending, saying: “We want to go out on our absolute highest note.”

Benioff said: “We don’t want people to finally see the end and say, ‘Thank God that’s over’. We know basically how many hours are left in this story. We don’t want to add ten hours to that. It’s about finding that sweet spot so it works for us and for HBO and, most of all, it works for the audience.”

‘Game of Thrones’ returns to HBO on April 12 at 9pm ET as part of a global simulcast.

Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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