Game of Thrones Will Be at Least Eight Seasons

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Michael Lombardo, HBO's programming president, announced that Game of Thrones would run to at least season eight.  Originally David Benioff and Dan Weiss, the showrunners, had declared that season seven would be the end.  However now it looks like that isn't the case at all.  Lombardo said this:

Seven-seasons-and-out has never been the [internal] conversation.  The question is: How much beyond seven are we going to do? Obviously we're shooting six now, hopefully discussing seven.  [Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are] feel like there's two more years after six.  I would always love from them to change their minds, but that's what we're looking at right now. 

Of course this doesn't mean the show has been green lit for the eight seasons.  But it is reassuring to hear that the option is now being talked about.  

In the interview with Lombardo, he was also asked about the possibility of doing a prequel series.  This is what he said to that:

I would be open to anything that Dan and David wanted to do - about Game of Thrones, or any subject matter.  It really would depend fully on what they wanted to do.  I think you're right, there's enormous storytelling to be mined in a prequel, if George and Dan and David decide they want to tackle that.  At this point, all the focus is on the next few years of the show.  We haven't had any conversations about that at this point.  

George R.R. Martin's Top 5 Characters He Wishes Were in Game of Thrones

George R.R. Martin's Top 5 Characters He Wishes Were in Game of Thrones

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, George R.R. Martin was asked which characters from the books would have made the cut and been put in Game of Thrones.  As anyone who has read the series, A Song of Ice and Fire, knows the cast of characters is monstrous.  George even commented on this while speaking with Entertainment Weekly, saying: "My books have a cast of thousands, so for practical reasons they’ve had to cut or combine many characters."

For the list of characters George wishes were in the show continue reading, of course spoilers for those of you who have not read the series.  

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George R.R. Martin Not Writing an Episode for Season 6

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly George R.R. Martin commented on plan to double down on his commitment to focus on finishing The Winds of Winter.  A while back George took to his Not a Blog to tell us that he would cutting back on the public appearances and interviews so that he could focus his time on finishing the sixth book in his series.  

Now George has confirmed that he would, once again, step away from penning an episode for HBO's Game of Thrones - as he previously did for season 5.  Martin has also canceled his planned convention appearance for the upcoming San Diego Comic Con.  All of this is so that George can finish The Winds of Winter before the sixth season of Game of Thrones.  

Maybe I’m being overly optimistic about how quickly I can finish. But I canceled two convention appearances, I’m turning down a lot more interviews—anything I can do to clear my decks and get this done.”

It's good to see how much time George is setting aside to focus in on finishing TWOW.  So do you think George will finish, and get TWOW published before season 6 airs?  

Bran Not to be in Season 5

In a recent article from Entertainment Weekly, David Benioff and Dan Weiss talked about Bran Stark's absence from the fifth season of Game of Thrones.  We last saw Bran in season 4 when he  reached the Three-Eyed Raven.  This is what David Benioff had to say about Bran's absence from season 5:

Like, it would be far less interesting, after The Empire Strikes Back to have an hour-long movie in between Empire and Return of the Jedi where Luke is training.  It's much cooler to cut from end of Empire to begging of Return, where he's become the Jedi.

It'll be interesting to see how fan's respond to having Bran off-screen for an entire season.  It'll be interesting to see how much Isaac Hempstead-Wright has matured when he makes his return in season 6.  For those of you who can remember him back in season 1, he definitely has grown since then.    

But it is an interesting comparison to hear Benioff make, that of Bran being Luke from Star Wars.  I personally thought it would be important to show the training onscreen to establish what exactly Bran's powers were.  But it doesn't seem they are going this way.   Regardless, it will be very exciting to see Bran when he makes his return in season 6.  

So what do you think about Bran being off-screen for entire season?  And do you think it would be important to show Bran's training on-screen, or is better left ambiguous to the audience?  

Official Look at the Sand Snakes

Along with several other images released from Entertainment Weekly this week, they have also released the first official images of the Sand Snakes.  The Sand Snakes - Obara Sand, Nymeria Sand, and Tyene Sand - are the three bastard daughters of Prince Oberyn Martell.

The Entertainment Weekly article gives a wonderful description of what we can expect to see from the Sand Snakes this season:

There's the eldest, Obara (Keisha Castle-Hughes, a Kiwi whose character takes after her dad by fighting with a spear), Nymeria (Jessica Henwick, a Brit who wields a bullwhip) and the youngest, crop-topped Tyene (Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, an Italian-American who gets stabby with double daggers).  "We haven't seen women like this on Game of Thrones," observes Castle-Hughes. "You have lone wolves like Arya and Brienne, and others like Daenerys or Cersei, who are politically strong surrounded by men.  But you haven't seen women who are strong together and who collaborate - which is a dangerous thing.  We're three girls who are violent and manipulative who are thirsty for Lannister blood." 

Rosabell Laurenti Sellers as Tyene Sand

Jessica Henwick as Nymeria Sand

Keisha Castle-Hughes as Obara Sand

So what do you think of the look of the Sand Snakes?  Do you have a favorite?  Whatever it is, let me know your thoughts about the Sand Snakes in the comments below!

Arya Starks New Look for Season 5

Thanks to Entertainment Weekly we have gotten a bevy of new images for the upcoming season of Game of Thrones.  This article however will be looking at the new look Arya Stark will be taking on in season 5.

When we last left of with Arya in season four, she was leaving Westeros and heading towards the free city of Braavos.  With this change in locations, it made sense to also change up her look.  This is what Entertainment Weekly had to say about Arya's new look: "You'll hardly recognize Arya in Game of Thrones this year - no more muddy brown tunic and boy-ish haircut! Now the fan-favorite character has escaped Westeros, where she was traveling incognito disguised as a peasant boy for the past several seasons, the deadly Stark daughter received a radical makeover for her new life in Braavos."

So check out Arya's new look for yourself, and let me know what you think about her new makeover.  

Bran Confirmed Absent from Season 5

Bran Confirmed Absent from Season 5

A few months ago Kristian Nairn said something that shocked everyone, that he would not be appearing in season 5.  Now when this initially came out, it was unclear just what that meant.  Did it mean that all of Bran and company would be left out of the season?  Or just Hodor and Meera?  I originally believed that we would still have a Bran story line, and that we just would bench Hodor and Meera, and focus in on Bran and the Three-Eyed Crow.  However, I was wrong. David Benioff, one of the Game of Thrones producers, has just confirmed with Entertainment Weekly that the entire Bran story line will be benched for season 5.  When asked about the decision to bench the story line, Benioff said the following: (possible spoilers, very mild though)

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George R.R. Martin Teases The Winds of Winter

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly George R.R. Martin released some information about what we can expect in the upcoming book The Winds of Winter. Now of course if you have only watched the show do not click below the break;  And for those of you who have read the books but don't want any hints as to what we can expect in the future of the series, don't click below the break.  

Everyone else, enjoy!

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