If you’re lamenting the fact that Game of Thrones will be finished forever soon, don’t blame George RR Martin. He’s just as upset about the show ending as you are.
Game of Thrones will air its final season in 2019, but the author of the source material says that wasn’t his call. In an interview with Variety on the Emmys red carpet Monday night, author George R.R. Martin said he could have seen the show going on for a whopping 13 seasons.
When asked why the show is ending, he responded, “I don’t know! Ask [showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss] when they come through. We could have gone to 11, 12, 13 seasons, but I guess they wanted a life,” he joked. “You know, if you’ve read my novels, you know there was enough material for more seasons. They made certain cuts, but that’s fine.”
“[Benioff and Weiss] have been saying for like five years that seven seasons was all they would go, and we got them to go to eight, but not any more than that,” Martin said. “There was a period five years ago where they were saying seven seasons, and I was saying 10 seasons, and they won. They’re the ones actually working on it.”
But even though the series is ending, Martin doesn’t want any spinoff series. “I think this story ends when it is, and I know all the actors, as great as they are, are anxious to get on and play other roles,” he said. “They don’t want to spend their lives playing one role, and that’s fine.”
Still, it’s not all bad news. “We have five other shows, five prequels, in development, that are based on other periods in the history of Westeros, some of them just 100 years before Game of Thrones, some of them 5000 years before Game of Thrones,” Martin said.
So there’s plenty more Westeros-based action still to come.