Author George R. R. Martin has spoken out about his disappointment in the abrupt cancellation of the original Game of Thrones series in advance of the release of House of the Dragon. Many viewers were unhappy with the series’ conclusion after eight seasons of Game of Thrones. Many viewers were dissatisfied with the series finale because they felt all the key plots were resolved too quickly.
Martin appears to share this opinion, believing that a far longer version of Game of Thrones was required to satisfactorily wrap up the saga. Martin discussed the show’s eight-season run in an interview with the Wall Street Journal (via Variety). He expresses regret about his failed efforts to increase the show’s run to 13 seasons, despite his insistence that it required at least ten full ones.
I suggested at least 10 seasons, and perhaps as much as 13. I blew it on that one. Except for creating the environment, the tale, and all the characters, I had nothing to do with the subsequent seasons. I feel like I have more of an impact on [House of the Dragon] today than I did with the initial series.
Is it possible that House of the Dragon will have ten seasons?
Martin reveals that the new spinoff series House of the Dragon is where he is spending most of his time. As for how long the program will continue after the first season concludes, that’s anyone’s guess and largely depends on how well it does in the ratings and how well it’s received by critics. Season 2 has not been approved just yet, but if season 1 does well, we can expect additional seasons to follow. Is a whole ten seasons planned? While that is unclear, it is known that the show’s creators have an ending in mind.
Co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik told Comicbook.com, “We have a very, very specific notion of where we want to go with it, but we can’t tell you.” “In my opinion, the fact that this is a… Imagine this as the fourth installment in the Star Wars series. Therefore, we find ourselves in the midst of a period of history that is both significant and ripe with tales to tell.”
Separately, co-showrunner Ryan Condal told Collider what would happen if a second season was made: “In my opinion, the strategy we’ve developed is sound. I think it’s incredibly crucial, especially with this story, that despite the inevitable broadness of such plans, you have some idea of landmarks and locations you want to travel as well as a sense of an end point. 170 years of history have passed, therefore now we must decide: when should we stop telling this tale? A strong awareness of this has always been present in both of us. If HBO is excited to continue telling the tale with us into season 2, I believe we have a solid strategy in place.”
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