George RR Martin “Begged” HBO For ‘Game Of Thrones’ To Have 10 Seasons
Did the end of Game of Thrones satisfy anyone ? Well, at this point, we can doubt it. For now, according to George RR Martin’s agent , the writer was not amused that the show stayed for eight seasons.
Interviewed for a book on the trajectory of HBO, representative Paul Haas assures that Martin asked Richard Plepler, then CEO of the chain, to extend his journey to 10 seasons in order to reach a more rounded conclusion.
“George was flying to New York to have lunch with Plepler and begged him to shoot 10 seasons of 10 episodes because there was enough footage to do it,” Haas explains on Tinderbox: HBO’s Ruthless Pursuit of New Frontiers, by journalist Andrew Miller. According to the representative, Martin believed that a longer series would be “a more satisfying and more entertaining experience.”
However, showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss weren’t up for the job. “They were exhausted and wanted a change of scene, so they cut their losses and then the negotiations turned to ‘how many seasons can we extend this?’ Because, of course, HBO wanted more.”
In 2019, before it was issued finale of Game of Thrones, Martin spoke of this dissatisfaction in their ‘no-blog’. “I wish we had a few more seasons, but I get it,” he commented, speaking both of Benioff and Weiss’ exhaustion and the desire of many actors to say goodbye to their characters. “This is all fine. I’m not angry or anything like that, but the bug still bites me,” the writer concluded.
Even so, neither HBO nor George RR Martin (who still has two books left to finish A Song of Ice and Fire, the literary saga that set all this in motion) have said goodbye to the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros: the prequel House of the Dragon is scheduled to debut in 2022, although we do not yet know what its release date will be.