Winter is going to keep on coming, with Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss revealing that the hit show could run for eight or nine seasons if network HBO allows it.
The show is based on George R.R. Martin's hit novels, A Song of Ice and Fire, and Season 3 kicks off at the end of the month. It is based on the first half of Martin's third book A Storm of Swords, plus a few parts taken from book four, A Feast for Crows. Martin is currently writing the sixth book The Winds of Winter, with book seven, A Dream of Spring, also in the works. With the rumors that Martin might write an eighth book as well, there'll be plenty of source material for Benioff and Weiss to work with.
In an interview with Mother Jones, the duo were asked if they could envisage the show matching Martin's books and running for eight or nine seasons, respondeding:
Yes [we would like eight or nine seasons], if we live that long and HBO keeps wanting to make the show. We have the opportunity here to tell a coherent story that lasts for 80 hours. And while a canvas of that size presents all sorts of storytelling problems, it also allows us to spend more time with these characters we love than we'll ever get again.
Considereing Game of Thrones is ostensibly a fantasy show, it's been a huge success for HBO both critically and commercially, so expect lots more bloodshed, dragons and nakedness for a good few years to come.
If you've got a spare few minutes, check out the extended trailer again. It's fantastic.
Game of Thrones premieres March 31st.