Who knows how much George R.R. Martin knows anymore about the future plans of HBO’s Game of Thrones, but he is suggesting — even though showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have promised only seven seasons of Game of Thrones — that the series could go a few seasons longer.
He tells Showbiz 411:
“We will have a 7th, 8th or 9th, no one knows. They only renew one or two seasons at a time. After we do season 6, maybe we’ll get a renewal for 7th and 8th. That all depends. Television is a very changeable medium.”
Martin is still under the impression/illusion that the show will try to stick with his source material, though the series will soon pass Martin’s progress in the Song of Ice and Fire series:
I certainly hope that we get to tell the entire story. Because whatever happens with the show I’m going to finish the books, it will be seven books. But each of these books are 1500 pages long and they each have enough material in them for several seasons. I have two more books, the one I’m writing right now, ‘The Winds Of Winter,’ and after that the last book, ‘The Dream of Spring,’ so those will be the two final books. But we’re talking 3000 pages of material. How many seasons that translates too? That’s up to D.B. And David.”
In either case, we do know that Weiss and Benioff already have plans to continue veering from the source material, and for season five, that may mean changes the book readers won’t be happy with, suggests Martin:
“People are going to die who don’t die in the books, so even the book readers will be unhappy. So everybody better be on their toes. David and D.B. (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss co-creators of ‘Game Of Thrones) are even bloodier than I am.”
Let’s just hope that one of those deaths isn’t Lena Headey, who confirmed that she is expecting her second child this summer. It shouldn’t affect her ability to perform on the show, however, as Headey was actually pregant with her first child during the first season.
Source: Showbiz 411