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'Game of Thrones' execs: 'Ten seasons would be too long'

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Game of Thrones exec David Benioff has dismissed the idea of stretching out the TV series to ten seasons to avoid the potential risk of the show catching up with George RR Martin's source material.

Martin is currently working on his sixth book (The Winds of Winter) and a seventh (A Dream of Spring) will follow, but it is not certain that he will have them finished by the time the HBO/Sky Atlantic drama is up to speed with the texts.

Game of Thrones - Season 3: Oona Chaplin as Talisa Maegyr, Richard Madden as Robb Stark

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Game of Thrones - Season 3



It was previously presumed that the TV show might in future split up some of Martin's books to drag out the show's length and to give Martin time to complete the series. However, exec Benioff insists that won't be the case.

"We can't wait too long because of the kids," he told Entertainment Weekly. "Everyone is getting bigger. We have this wonderful cast, but we don't have an infinite amount of time.

"We don't want to become a show that outstays its welcome and tries to turn each book into three seasons. Part of what we love about these books and the show is this sense of momentum and building toward something. If we tried to turn this into a ten-season show we'd strangle the golden goose."

Author Martin still insists that he isn't concerned by the potential TV show/book overlap, commenting: "I think the odds against that happening are very long.

"I still have a lead of several gigantic books. If they include everything in the books, I don't think they're going to catch up with me. If they do, we'll have some interesting discussions."

On the subject of The Winds of Winter's release, he added: "I'm working on it and it will be done when it's done. Hopefully it won't be as long of a wait as the last book."

Meanwhile, HBO president Michael Lombardo appeared to rule out a switch to the big screen for Game of Thrones, confirming that there are currently "no plans" to shift to movies for the later books.

Game of Thrones's third season concludes on Sky Atlantic tonight (June 10) at 9pm.

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