Game Of Thrones is set to end in 2018 with its eighth and final season – but it seems that it didn’t necessarily have to be that way.
Author George R.R. Martin believes that his source material contained enough storylines for the show to last all the way until a 13th season.
Speaking to Variety at the Emmy’s, the fantasy author made the honest admission when asked why the show will be coming to an end next year.
“I don’t know, ask David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] when they come through,” Martin said.
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“We could have gone to 11, 12, 13 seasons. But I guess they wanted a life.”
“If you’ve read my novels, you know there was enough material for more seasons”, he continued.
“David and Dan have been saying for five years that seven seasons was all they would go. We got them to go to eight but not any more than that.
“There was a period five years ago where they were saying seven seasons and I was saying 10, and they won.”
But although the main show is ending next year, there’s plenty more to come from Westeros.
“We have five prequels in development that are based on other periods of Westeros,” Martin admitted.
“Some of them just 100 years before Game of Thrones, some of them 5000 years before Game of Thrones.”
It’s believed that Game of Thrones will return in summer 2019.