After last month’s interview, where the show’s creators claimed that Game of Thrones will likely finish after seven or eight seasons, people were wondering when HBO will officially renew the popular fantasy drama. And after Sunday’s premiere crashed the HBO GO website and attracted 6.6 million viewers, which is 52 percent higher than last year’s premiere, HBO did not waste any time.
Again, this is not surprising because the show has grown more popular season to season: particularly last season with the infamous Red Wedding. And being that the show has only used three and half of the seven books in the series (the last two have yet to be published), it seems that the creators will have plenty of material to make it to their seven or eight season goal: it is just the question of whether the show will catch up or surpass Martin’s ability to write? This is something the author fears, but at this point, the show has distinguished itself enough from the books to be its own entity.
With the renewal the president of HBO, Michael Lombardo, made a statement:
“Game Of Thrones is a phenomenon like no other. [Creators] David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with their talented collaborators, continue to surpass themselves, and we look forward to more of their dazzling storytelling.”
Again, this is not a surprise, but I hope that the show runners can keep the quality of the storytelling through all the intended seasons. The books have fantastic story lines that can result in more than eight seasons, but I like that both David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have an end in sight. The show cannot go on forever because people will eventually lose interest. For now, Game of Thrones is at its peak of popularity and lets hope it can continue its success. Game of Thrones airs every Sunday at 9 P.M. on HBO and here is the promo for the second episode.