Even before Game of Thrones season six premieres on Saturday, HBO has confirmed that the hit series will be renewed for a seventh season. This comes as no surprise due to the fact that the series has been extremely popular.
Entertainment Weekly reported that HBO confirmed the seventh season on its official Twitter account (posted below). The show’s ruthless portrayal of medieval violence coupled with a bit of fantasy seemed to be the magic formula. Author George R.R. Martin along with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have been given a blank check to keep the show running for as long as necessary.
This announcement, however, seems bittersweet due to the fact that the series is approaching its finale. It’s all well and good that the show will definitely continue to air, but it has almost used up all of the source material, not to mention most of the important characters are already dead.
Although HBO top brass Michael Lombardo wants the show to continue until season 10, he will respect Benioff and Weiss’ decision to end the show. Benioff added that HBO had to negotiate lucrative deals to keep the show’s top names. If that is the case, the 7th and 8th season may not get the standard 10-episode count of previous seasons.
There is a chance that the show’s popularity might extend its stay if HBO is willing to shell out the dough necessary. It might still be too soon to confirm if Game of Thrones will end on its 8th season, but it is no question that it has come a long way since 2011.
Game of Thrones Season 6 will premiere this Sunday, April 24 exclusively on HBO.
— Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) April 21, 2016