“Game of Thrones” executive producer, Frank Doelger, was recently asked backstage at the BAFTAs, how long he thought HBO’s series would run, and it turns out, that was a matter of discussion at the time.
“[The number of series] is being discussed as we speak. The third season was the first half of book three, season four will be the second part of book three. George RR Martin has written books four and five; six and seven are pending.
“I would hope that, if we all survive, and if the audience stays with us we’ll probably get through to seven seasons.”
That’s some weird math. If book three is broken up into two seasons, one would think that they wouldn’t even arrive at book four until season five, and if George R.R. Martin continues to be as, uhm, wordy as he has been, splitting other books — in particular, the final book — would seem likely, and maybe even necessary, given how many characters are already being given short shrift. Are they going to music-montage through Books 5 and 6? Maybe jump ahead a few years, and provide an exposition dump during an orgy?
Or maybe Frank Doelger was just drunk. Or doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Or, maybe there will only be seven seasons, in which case we’ll be done in 2017, and then WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO WITH THE REST OF OUR LIVES?
This is very distressing news.