Game of Thrones was a tremendous hit for HBO, an Emmy favorite, and had amassed a huge fanbase over the years. Despite this fact, the producers of “Game of Thrones,” David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, decided to terminate the series after eight seasons. George R.R. Martin recently revealed that he insisted HBO to make it run for 10 seasons at least.
George R.R. Martin recently discussed the HBO series which is based on his best-selling book series in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. Martin has admitted that he argued for the series to have many more seasons so that the story would have a bigger canvas. Martin wanted it to run for at least 10 seasons.
I was saying it needs to be 10 seasons at least and maybe 12, 13. I lost that one. I had no contribution to the later seasons except, you know, inventing the world, the story and all the characters. I believe I have more influence now [on ‘House of the Dragon’] than I did on the original show.
In the end, Martin had little influence over “Game of Thrones” because the events of the series went beyond the plot Martin had previously outlined in his books. Martin also discussed how five teams working on different concepts came to him in Santa Fe, New Mexico to present their ideas as part of an unusual procedure for creating a spinoff of the main series.
Notably, HBO abandoned one idea after creating a pilot that apparently cost close to $30 million and featured Naomi Watts. Given that it was filmed in “an ancient era very briefly mentioned” in his novel, Martin evidently had doubts about the idea before it was made. Stay tuned to Thirsty for latest updates.