HBO’s programming executive Michael Lombardo has announced that there are at least three more seasons of Game of Thrones to go, but that they are clearly open for more than that, even if that entails building on a prequel.
Game of Thrones fans are extremely excited to hear that the show is definitely running for at least three more seasons, because that secures quite a fair share of Westeros adventures for them to get their fantasy fix from for the next few years. However, considering the magnitude of the all the stories that are intertwined in the Game of Thrones world, the idea of only three more seasons remaining seems oddly abrupt, as there is still a lot that the characters are expected to go through.
Lombardo did say that they are willing to keep it going further than season 8, but that it all depends on the show’s creators, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. They are the ones who decide just how much of Westeros we’re going to be seeing in the future. He also said that their main focus at the moment is season 6 though, that is currently being filmed and that will air next year.
Another extremely interesting path that the show might be taking after season 8 is a prequel, which has immense potential, because there is a massive amount of material from the books that the creators could base it on. Furthermore, the question that immediately came to the fan’s minds upon hearing this plan was obviously whether or not Ned Stark would be coming back, as his death was the first tremendously shocking scene that fans witnessed on the show, that seems almost impossible up to this day, given the fact that Ned was such a beloved character.
But there is one other shocking death that the fans seem to be incapable of accepting and that is the alleged death of Jon Snow. There are numerous theories regarding the character’s resurrection that are still booming on the internet, a month and a half after one of the bloodiest and the most shocking season finales in HBO history. People simply cannot accept that Jon Snow may not be coming back.
Kit Harrington has been grilled on the subject ever since and he has been stalked and analyzed by the press, all in the hope of solving this Jon Snow mystery. Despite the fact that both Michael Lombardo and Harrington himself have clearly explained that Snow is dead, most fans still don’t believe it, since Harrington has kept his Jon Snow hair and beard, which he is allegedly eager to get rid of, and he is currently in Belfast, along with the cast and crew of Game of Thrones.
Whether Kit Harrington might be filming Jon’s Snow funeral or his resurrection, it remains to be seen in season 6, which is by far the most anticipated TV series return of 2016. Michael Lombardo still claims that Snow is “Dead is dead is dead is dead. He be dead”, but what the fans seem to be hearing is that he is indeed dead, but that he might be coming back as whitewalker (which would technically mean that he would be as dead as dead can be), or that he is dead at the beginning of the season, but that he will be resurrected by literally anybody who could do that. But unfortunately, it looks like the fans still have to wait until next year to find out, because the Game of Thrones people are not spilling anything.
At this point, there are three more characters whose death could spark such a massive worldwide outrage: Aria Stark and Daenerys Targaryen, but most of all, Tyrion Lanister, whose death would be one of the most tragic events in all TV history, considering only the immense fan base the character has gathered on his own.
Therefore, it’s an encouraging thought that there are three seasons still left to go and hopefully HBO will figure out a way to convince David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to go even further than that, because Game of Thrones is a true phenomenon in the TV series world, as fans can’t seem to get enough of it.
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