HBO Wants 10 Years Of Game Of Thrones, And Here Are 11 Reasons We Agree


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“Seven gods, seven kingdoms, seven seasons.”

That’s Game of Thrones showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff’s mantra about when to end their adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire,” but is it as simple as that? In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo makes it clear that he wants more.

“We started this journey with David and Dan. It’s their vision,” he says. “Would I love the show to go 10 years as both a fan and a network executive? Absolutely.”

Lombardo says that Game of Thrones will indeed end after seven seasons if that’s what Benioff and Weiss want, “as horrifying as that is to me.” Perhaps “horrifying” is a strong word, but nonetheless, I cosign Lombardo’s wishes — I would also love to see Game of Thrones last for ten years, and here are 11 reasons why.

Because there’s so much happening.

Game of Thrones has done an admirable job scaling down the monstrous scope of Martin’s novels, but even with a leaner and tighter story to its name, there’s still so much material to mine in the years ahead. Book three alone merited two separate seasons. We haven’t even scratched the surface of whatever transpires in the unreleased sixth and seventh books. How can seven seasons possibly contain what Martin has planned for the future?

Because extra seasons means extra time to wait for Martin.

Devoted readers of GRRM’s novels are facing an inevitable truth: Game of Thrones is about to lap “A Song of Ice and Fire.” In a perfect world, Martin’s sixth book, “The Winds of Winter,” will drop within the year. (Don’t laugh! There’s reason to believe it might happen!) If that happens, then the show will have brand new material to adapt for season six, and potentially even season seven, giving Martin even more time to wrap up his final book in time for the final years of the show. It’s pie-in-the-sky thinking, but for deep-cut fans of the books, “Thrones” wrapping up after or on time with the books would be a dream-come-true scenario.

Because we need the constant reminders that life is meaningless and full of pain.

That’s a classic GRRM mantra, typically applied to the failures of his favorite sports teams, but equally applicable to “Game of Thrones,” which kills its characters off with a vim and vigor unlike any other show on television right now. It’s a brutal but brilliant reminder of the fleeting nature of life, and one we don’t want to erase from our Sunday night schedule anytime soon.

Because we need the rare reminder that life is meaningful and full of win.

Sometimes, every now and then, the good guys win on Game of Thrones (Smell ya later, Joffrey.) As low as the lows can get, the highs that “Thrones” hits are higher than most any other show. Extending that sensation of pure jubilation by three or so years is something we are very much interested in.

Because we need something to talk about on Monday morning.

For ten Mondays every year, there’s a new episode of Game of Thrones to talk about with your friends and co-workers. Who wants to start their day before getting the chance to freak out about Red Wedding level events? Not me! More years of “Thrones” means more years of starting the work week right.

Because we need new breakout stars.

Kit Harington. Maisie Williams. Sophie Turner. That’s just scratching the surface of the fantastic actors we’ve come to know and love thanks to Game of Thrones. Among its many strengths, one of the show’s greatest assets is its casting, from the very first episode all the way through now. There are still some big, fan-favorite roles left to fill out in the coming seasons ahead (assuming the show sticks to the books, and that’s admittedly a big assumption), and “Thrones” will have to find some real rising stars to make things work. More years of “Thrones” means more years of great new actors bursting onto the scene, in other words. Worth extending things out for that reason alone.

Because extra seasons means extra Emmy awards.

Give Peter Dinklage all of the statues in the world, please and thanks, but maybe spare a few for some of the other amazing actors like Lena Headey and Emilia Clarke. More seasons on the air means more opportunities for the show to win the awards it so rightly deserves.

Because ten years does not have to mean ten seasons.

There’s so much material in the world of “Ice and Fire” (and literally in “The World of Ice and Fire,” Martin’s enormous history book about Westeros and the surrounding areas) that there’s no reason why “Game of Thrones” can’t inspire some spinoffs. The prequel possibilities are endless, from Robert’s Rebellion to Dunk and Egg, even as far back into the past as the Age of Heroes. Prequels and spinoffs don’t have to be soulless recycles of popular material; just see the absolutely fantastic Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul for more. If Benioff and Weiss want to bring the proper “Thrones” series in for a landing at seven seasons, then there’s still at the very least three years worth of other songs of “Ice and Fire.”

Because there is absolutely nothing else like it.

Maybe it’s matched in size and popularity by The Walking Dead, but otherwise, Game of Thrones is pretty much peerless as far as its instant recognizability as a modern pop culture touchstone. It’s epic, it’s smart, it’s funny, it’s skull-crushingly cruel… it’s everything, and we want it to remain everything, if only for a little while longer than currently planned.

Because we’re just not ready.

It’s really that simple. Who wants “Thrones” to end in two years? Because that’s very likely what will happen if Weiss and Benioff execute their plan to end the show at seven seasons. I don’t know about you, but for purely selfish reasons, I am not ready to let this show go that soon.

Because, above all other reasons…