According to EW, HBO has reached an agreement with the two showrunners of the series, David Benioff and Dan Weiss, and signed their contracts for the next two seasons.
“It feels like this is the midpoint for us,” Benioff said. “If we’re going to go seven seasons, which is the plan, season 4 is right down the middle, the pivot point.”
The two revealed earlier this year that the show was initially projected to run for seven seasons.
“I would say it’s the goal we’ve had from the beginning,” Benioff told EW. “It was our unstated goal, because to start on a show and say your goal is seven seasons is the height of lunacy. Once we got to the point where we felt like we’re going to be able to tell this tale to its conclusion, that became [an even clearer] goal. Seven gods, seven kingdoms, seven seasons. It feels right to us.”
“I’m expecting to be sitting down with Dan and David to talk season 5 and we’ll talk about how things are looking,” HBO programming president Michael Lombardo said. “We’re all very mindful that they’re having conversations all the time with [author George R.R. Martin]. I think they do feel bullish enough that there’s enough story to deliver through season 7. I hate to sound greedy, but our longest shows have gone 7 or 8 seasons, so seven is a nice long run for us.”
This week a report claimed that author George R. R. Martin was thinking about turning the hit series into a movie.