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George R.R. Martin begged HBO executives to extend Game of Thrones to 10 seasons




Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin is one of the most accomplished writers of recent times. The success of the TV adaptation of his novels increased his number of readers exponentially. However, he has often been criticized for making his readers wait for more than a decade for the next book in A Song of Ice and Fire novel series, the Winds of Winter. This has also led the audience to believe it was one of the main reasons why Game of Thrones had a controversial ending. But it seems Martin was not completely at fault, in fact, he tried to extend the show for two more seasons.



In a new book called Tinderbox: HBO’s Ruthless Pursuit of New Frontiers, by journalist James Andrew Miller, Martin’s agent Paul Haas speaks about the author’s hopes for the ending of the show. In one part, Haas tells Miller about how Martin flew to New York to speak about the show with HBO’s former CEO, Richard Plepler.

“George would fly to New York to have lunch with Plepler, to beg him to do 10 seasons of 10 episodes because there was enough material for it, and to tell him it would be a more satisfying and more entertaining experience,” Haas told Miller.

Author Martin himself told Miller that he “wished it had run for 10 years”.

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He added, “I think that would’ve given us a little more time in the later seasons to end it. But that might be just because I’m still trying to end it in these books here.”

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Sayantan is a keen follower of everything pop culture; from films, shows, anime to video games and latest memes. He started writing professionally for Wiki of Thrones during the 2021 lockdown, and has been developing his writing and editing skills ever since. With a growing repertoire amassing renowned websites, Sayantan is your go to guy for all things Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon.

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