Series five of ‘Game of Thrones’ has only just started, but already the showrunners are thinking about how it'll all end. And it might not be as far off as some of us hope.
“We’re heading into the home stretch,” showrunner David Benioff told Variety.
But hang on. Just last month, HBO’s programming president Michael Lombardo said he would love the show to run for more than 10 seasons.
However in a candid interview, Benioff appeared to rule that out and claimed extending the story for commercial reasons would be a “betrayal”.
“So the idea that we’re going to try and stretch it out by an extra couple years just because we’re all having a good time doing it and people are making money off it just feels like it would be a betrayal,” he said.
“We’ve got a very definitive idea of how much longer it is, and we’re getting there. We’ve just started writing episodes for season six. I think we’re heading into the home stretch. Hopefully, we’ll have a clear answer soon.”
Not that they would struggle to fill more airtime. Benioff was keen to point out that wouldn’t be an issue.
“We could go another four years – and we could come up with good stories – but the one thing that really got us excited when we pitched this to HBO was that this isn’t just a regular series,” he said.
“It’s a real story with a beginning, a middle and an end.
“We know what the end if and we’re barrelling towards it.”
‘Game of Thrones’ is on Monday nights on Sky. If you want to watch along with America, Sky simulcasts the show at 2am on Monday mornings.