Everybody and their mothers love Game of Thrones. I love the fact that it belongs in the fantasy genre, but only slightly dabbles in mysticism while those elements are handled like mere myths within the story. I love Peter Dinklage (and who doesn’t?). I love the fact that they’re involved in this scuffle over the throne, while the real threat looms behind the wall. I love the high production value of the series and I especially love all the medieval eroticism.
There are just so many things I love about this series and now we’re hearing from the showrunners (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss) that they would love to do eight or nine seasons of GOT if HBO allowed them. Here’s a quote from them in an interview with Mother Jones.
Yes [we would like eight or nine seasons], if we live that long and HBO keeps wanting to make the show. We have the opportunity here to tell a coherent story that lasts for 80 hours. And while a canvas of that size presents all sorts of storytelling problems, it also allows us to spend more time with these characters we love than we’ll ever get again.
I’m sure that HBO would be more than willing to green light a ton of future seasons, considering how it’s become its biggest flagship and how well it does in the ratings. However, this would also hinge on how hard George R.R. Martin (the author of the original novels) works on the next few books in the series. He’s currently writing the sixth book entry The Winds of Winter while also working on the seventh book, A Dream of Spring. He’s notorious for being a lazy recluse among his fans (his love of glazed ham keeps appearing here and there in the fandom), so I’m not so sure how reliable he is in crunch time.
But there in lies another problem I have with extensive projection of future seasons with shows that rely heavily on its source material. If George R. R. Martin is all of a sudden put in a race to finish his books with a deadline hanging over his head, I feel that the quality of his writing could suffer. Also, now that he’s got a hit TV show under his belt, that may limit his creative canvass because he may now be concerned with what may or may not be possible to translate on to the TV screen. I’m sure the creators already thought about these problems, but the aforementioned concerns are completely out of their hands and possibly out of George’s hands (we were playmates back in the day). Even if he tried to ignore the latter problem, it will linger in his subconscious and that could possibly shape a more modest scenario in favor of what is more feasible to do in TV production.
It’s easy to say, “Let’s just wait and find out,” but future is a tricky bed fellow. Perhaps she’ll stay honest for the show, but I’m seeing signs that all point to the audience version of “winter is coming.” And it may get pretty cold.
I also hate myself for coming up with those last few lines.
Written by Daniel Lee