GAME OF THRONES Will Likely End After Seven Or Eight Seasons


531e291474f8a09c34ba39e1_april-2014-vanity-fair-cover-newsstandFans of the hit HBO series Game of Thrones are chomping at the bit to see the fourth season premier in just a few short weeks. After the shocking events at the end of last season, there are many questions left to be answered. For those that have read the books, you know that there are some intriguing things set to happen this season. It will certainly be a roller coaster ride once again. Another thing that fans of the books may know is that author George R. R. Martin still has two more books to write- The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring which may not seem like a big deal, but with the series entering it’s fourth season, it will be caught up to the books very quickly, and Martin takes his time writing the sweeping novels. The time between the most recent books was six years. If that pace continues, the series will end before the books do.

With that in mind, the showrunners for Game of Thrones are already planning for that and have worked with Martin to get an idea where he plans to go with each of the characters. In a recent interview with the men behind the series, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with George R. R. Martin, had a chat with Vanity Fair in regards to the future of the show and what they have planned. They recognize that the series can’t go on forever, with Weiss saying “It doesn’t just keep on going because it can. I think the desire to milk more out of it is what would eventually kill it, if we gave in to that.” Now days, it’s good they recognize that they shouldn’t keep making a series just because you can. Too many television series fall victim to that. They go on to discuss the plans further.

“Last year we went out to Santa Fe for a week to sit down with him [Martin] and just talk through where things are going, because we don’t know if we are going to catch up and where exactly that would be. If you know the ending, then you can lay the groundwork for it. And so we want to know how everything ends. We want to be able to set things up. So we just sat down with him and literally went through every character.”

Martin added that “I can give them the broad strokes of what I intend to write, but the details aren’t there yet. I’m hopeful that I can not let them catch up with me.” They plan on taking the series through seven or eight seasons total. So, as you watch this upcoming season, let it sink in that Game of Thrones as a series will be half way done. Another thing they have to keep in mind is the age of the actors. With so many child actors involved, it will become more and more difficult to film. For instance, Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark, was 11 when she started filming, the exact same age as Arya in the books. She has aged much more quickly in real life compared to her character on the series. 


It will certainly be interesting to see how this real-life drama unfolds in the coming years, as some changes will likely need to be made. To go along with this interview, the main characters of the film were gathered for a photo shoot by the amazing Annie Leibovitz. The troop will be featured on the cover of the latest issue of Vanity Fair, but you can take a look at it now. A new story synopsis has also been released, via, which will give you an idea of what to expect for the fourth season of Game of Thrones, which is set to air April 6th.

Encouraged by the Red Wedding slaughter in the Riverlands that wiped out many of their Stark nemeses, the Lannisters’ hold on the Iron Throne remains intact … but can they survive their own egos, as well as new and ongoing threats from the south, north and east? While an unbowed Stannis Baratheon continues to rebuild his army in Dragonstone, a more immediate danger comes from the south, as Oberyn Martell, the Lannister-loathing “Red Viper of Dorne,” arrives at King’s Landing to attend Joffrey’s wedding to Margaery Tyrell, and perhaps act on an ulterior agenda. In the north, a depleted Night’s Watch seems overmatched against the inexorable Wall advances of Mance Rayder’s army of wildlings, which in turn is being trailed by an even more formidable foe: the undead White Walkers. As if that weren’t enough, Daenerys Targaryen, accompanied by her menacing trio of dragons and army of Unsullied, is poised to liberate Meereen, the largest city in Slaver’s Bay, which could ultimately provide her with enough ships to sail to Westeros and reclaim the Iron Throne.

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