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The 'Game of Thones' showrunners have previously said they would end the show after its seventh season. Which won't be far off, seeing as the fifth starts next month. But the head of HBO has different plans.

"Would I love the show to go 10 years as both a fan and a network executive? Absolutely," Michael Lombardo, HBO's programming president, told Entertainment Weekly.

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But what if showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss want to end it after seven? "This is the hard part of what we do," Lombardo added. "We started this journey with David and Dan. It's their vision.

"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 they've finished with the story."

Another possible avenue is to end the series with a feature film, which is something George RR Martin – the author of the novels on which it is based – is in favour of. But HBO isn't sure, as it would alienate its subscribers.

The fifth series starts on Sky Atlantic on April 13th, one day after it will be simulcast in 171 countries around the world. But us Brits will miss out on that.

HBO recently released an image of Arya Stark in season five. And as you can see from the top of this story, she looks almost unrecognisable.

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