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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”.

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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  1. Susan Shedlow

    December 11, 2021 at 1:50 am


  2. Susan Shedlow

    December 11, 2021 at 1:52 am

    In fact, I would like HBO to redo seasons 6,7,8 and expand it to 12 seasons.

  3. Chris

    December 18, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    The crazy thing too is I’m sure that show was a revenue positive for HBO so there must have been a bigger reason as to why they didn’t want to run their most successful show EVER for 10 seasons.

    • stacey

      February 9, 2022 at 11:17 pm

      It cost a lot for them to produce, but I agree, it would have continued to make a ton of money. Maybe they thought they could end it at its peak so it never dwindled out? Or contract issues with actors. Most people blame the show writers. They convinced their bosses that they could make a great, successful ending in that last season but really they just wanted to move on to other things (at the time they were contracted for a Star Wars gig. They lost that gig after the final GOT season.) No proof but lots of speculation about that one. It makes the most sense, too IMO.

    • Mart

      March 8, 2022 at 1:16 pm

      They also planned to release a ton of spin-off shows … assuming GOT would end with people still loving the universe and missing having time there. But because of how badly the show ended, people were sick of Westeros and everything about it.

    • Court Reinland

      March 9, 2022 at 4:55 am

      I actually think it WAS profitable, to be sure, but some of the key cast wanted to move on (Actors sometimes are tired of performing the same material year after year). I don’t think it was actually cancelled for financial reasons – note we see now they are doing a spinoff. And I actually feel they felt they were adequately concluding it they way they did (but many fans disagree, of course).

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