Despite speculation that the hit HBO show might end after season seven, earlier this week, programming president Michael Lombardo stated that it will run for AT LEAST eight seasons.
Speaking at the Television Critics Association’s event he said:
“The question is: How much beyond seven are we going to do? Obviously we’re shooting six now, hopefully discussing seven.”
He added, making reference to show-runners David Benoiff and Dan Weiss:
“….feel like there’s two more years after six. I would always love for them to change their minds, but that’s what we’re looking at right now.”
His statement however doesn’t mean that season eight is guaranteed…at least not yet, but it does give fans hope that the show they love so much might not end quite so soon.
Season five of the show has received a lot of criticism for its violence, notably the scenes featuring Sansa Stark’s rape and the burning alive of Shireen Baratheon, but Lombardo defended the show, stating that, from its inception, it’s been dark and violent. He declared:
“In the pilot episode we see a 7-year-old boy pushed to seemingly his death from a tower. This show has had violence from the first episode.”
He went on to praise the show and ever-growing success by saying:
“It went to 20 million viewers this year, it went up over 1 million viewers from the prior season. The show continues to grow dramatically.”
Of course, he was also asked the one question that’s been on everyone’s lips and minds in the last few weeks – the one surrounding whether or not Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) really is dead. To that, he responded with:
“Dead is dead is dead. He be dead. Everything I’ve seen, heard and read, Jon Snow is indeed dead.”
Filming is currently under-way on season six.