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A lot of shows with big budgets and a lot of moving pieces end up getting renewed well in advance. With that in mind, it’s not a shock to hear that Game of Thrones showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff are in talks with HBO to sign on for more of the hit fantasy drama. If the talks end up working out, Game of Thrones will not simply get an early Season 7 renewal, the show will get an eighth season, as well.
Game of Thrones is a bit fond of the two-season renewal, so there's a good shot this one will go through. Two years ago, Game of Thrones was renewed for Seasons 5 and 6 at the same time (6 has yet to premiere). More recently, at the TCA winter press tour this week, HBO president Michael Lombardo confirmed (via Deadline) that talks are underway, which means the network and showrunners should hopefully come to an agreement soon. Obviously, Game of Thrones is an incredibly popular property worldwide and it's obvious HBO wants as many episodes of the show as possible, so the real concern is whether or not Season 8 will mark the end of the series.
We’ve known for a while now that we are somewhat nearing the end of Dan Weiss and David Benioff’s series as they’ve conceived it. The two showrunners have long stated they think the natural ending for the show would be Season 7 or 8 and they've even worked with George R.R. Martin to figure out where his novels are ultimately going. HBO, on the other hand, has stated they’d love to see the series make it longer on the air, maybe even for a decade, so there’s definitely a difference in opinion between the two parties.
I get the feeling Benioff and Weiss’ plan may happen in the end. Michael Lombardo only recently said he regretted forcing Nic Pizzolatto to work on a timeline for True Detective Season 2 and stretching out Game of Thrones longer than it needs to be seems as if it’s the same sort of issue.
The good news? A Season 7 and 8 renewal would at least ensure that Game of Thrones will be around for several more seasons, rather than next year being the end of the road for the show. For now, fans should have Season 6 to look forward to. The new episode of Game of Thrones will hit the schedule on Sunday, April 24 at 9 p.m. ET, following by new episodes of Silicon Valley and Veep. Here's what we know about the new Game of Thrones episodes. Plus, if you need to know when your favorites are returning, you can check out our midseason TV schedule.