“Game of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss told EW.com’s Inside TV that the HBO show, as they imagine it, will last for seven seasons.
“It feels like this is the midpoint for us,” Benioff told the publication. “If we’re going to go seven seasons, which is the plan, season 4 is right down the middle, the pivot point.”
The piece adds: “The seven-season goal line has been floated in the media before, but the writer-producers of the acclaimed fantasy hit series says they’re firmer than before that three more seasons sounds about right.”
The HBO fantasy drama returns April 6 for its fourth season.
Seven seasons “was our unstated goal, because to start on a show and say your goal is seven seasons is the height of lunacy,” Benioff said. “Once we got to the point where we felt like we’re going to be able to tell this tale to its conclusion, that became [an even clearer] goal. Seven gods, seven kingdoms, seven seasons. It feels right to us.”
HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo said seven seasons would work for the network. “We’re all very mindful that they’re having conversations all the time with [author George R.R. Martin]. I think they do feel bullish enough that there’s enough story to deliver through season 7. I hate to sound greedy, but our longest shows have gone 7 or 8 seasons, so seven is a nice long run for us,” he said.