We already know that there will be 7 books in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire (if they ever come out, of course), but the final number of seasons of HBO’s adaptation has been more of an unknown. While HBO president Michael Lombardo surely wants his cash cow to go on forever, the reality is that the show needs to end eventually and Lombardo’s best guess is that the magic number will be 8 seasons.
Speaking at the Television Critics’ Association (TCA) yesterday, Lombardo voiced his desire to have as many seasons as possible but admitted that the final decision rests with Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. “David and Dan are feeling there’s probably two more years after Season 6, that’s what we’re looking at right now. We hope that they would change their mind, but that’s how they are feeling now.”
In addition to discussing the show’s future, Lombardo also addressed controversy over some of season 5’s more graphic content, including the infamous rape scene from the episode “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.” “This show has had violence as part of its many threads from Episode 1…there are no two showrunners who are more careful not to overstep the line.”
Naturally, Lombardo was also asked to comment on the cliffhanger of the year — the death of Jon Snow (Kit Harington) in the Season 5 finale — and as expected, he towed the party line with his response. “Dead is dead as dead as dead. He be dead. Yes. From everything I’ve seen, heard, read, Jon Snow is indeed dead.”
Lombardo’s comments notwithstanding, the question on everyone’s mind remains: is Jon Snow really dead? The speculation continues…