The Game Of Thrones showrunners have revealed that they already know how the show will end.
David Benioff and Dan Weiss – who have previously said they could see the hit drama going on for seven seasons – told Entertainment Weekly that they had a clear idea of what would happen towards the series’ finale.
Talking about the end, David said: “We see the light at the end of the tunnel. We still have a long way to go and things to figure out, but we definitely know where we’re heading and the major end-beats.”
HBO programming president Michael Lombardo said: “This is the hard part of what we do. We started this journey with David and Dan. It’s their vision. Would I love the show to go 10 years as both a fan and a network executive? Absolutely.
Maisie Williams stars in Game Of Thrones (HBO)
“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 where they feel they’ve finished with the story.”
Talking about rumours that the show could end with a feature-length film, Michael continued: “Certainly there have been conversations where it’s been said, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to do that?’
“But when you start a series with our subscribers, the promise is that for your HBO fee that we’re going to take you to the end of this. I feel that on some level [a movie would be] changing the rules: Now you have to pay 16 dollars to see how your show ends.”
Conleth Hill and Peter Dinklage in Game Of Thrones (HBO)
Dan said of the end of Game fo Thrones when it comes: “We want to go out on our absolute highest note.”
David added: “We don’t want people to finally see the end and say, ‘thank God that’s over’. We know basically how many hours are left in this story. We don’t want to add 10 hours to that.
“It’s about finding that sweet spot so it works for us and for HBO and, most of all, it works for the audience.”