The fine folks of Westeros may be seeing the end of days come the seventh or eighth season of Game of Thrones, according to showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Benioff and Weiss reveal their idea of when the show should take its last bow and where the series is currently headed. If this decision is to be official, that means come April 6, we are at the halfway point of the series my friends.
A contributing editor of Vanity Fair, Jim Windolf, got an exclusive interview with Benioff, Weiss, and George R.R. Martin, author of A Song of Ice and Fire, the ongoing book series of which Game of Thrones is based on. As fans know, the series is catching up to the books pretty quickly, which puts the showrunners on edge because they need to be able to create content that sets the focus on what’s ahead in the books. When Windolf spoke with Martin about the series approaching the books,
“I can give them the broad strokes of what I intend to write, but the details aren’t there yet. I’m hopeful that I can not let them catch up with me.”
When Windolf spoke with Benioff he stated:
“Last year we went out to Santa Fe for a week to sit down with him [Martin] and just talk through where things are going, because we don’t know if we are going to catch up and where exactly that would be. If you know the ending, then you can lay the groundwork for it. And so we want to know how everything ends. We want to be able to set things up. So we just sat down with him and literally went through every character.
There isn’t just the pressure of the series catching up to the books, but also the cast, whereas the many child actors tend to grow up. Martin says:
“This is a serious concern. Maisie was the same age as Arya when it started, but now Maisie is a young woman and Arya is still 11. Time is passing very slowly in the books and very fast in real life.”
During his conversation with Benioff and Weiss, Windolf is also told the show’s lifespan is expected to wrap up after season seven or eight. Wiess explains:
“It doesn’t just keep on going because it can. I think the desire to milk more out of it is what would eventually kill it, if we gave in to that.”
You can read the full interview in April’s issue of Vanity Fair. Here’s Vanity Fair cover featuring Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Peter Dinklage:
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Hopefully Martin is able to finish his series of books without sacrificing creative integrity for the sake of the show. This issue is also a pressing matter for The Walking Dead, which is also catching up to the timeline in the comic series.
Season Four of Game of Thrones will premiere on Sunday, April 6 only on HBO.
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Source: Vanity Fair