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'Game of Thrones' gets 7 seasons, creators know how series ends

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Though season 4 hasn’t hit airways yet, the showrunners say that “Game of Thrones” will likely run its course by the end of season 7. According to the Huffington Post on March 12, David Benioff and Dan Weiss say 7 seasons feels right.

Though author George R.R. Martin has yet to finish his series, it seems HBO has settled on lucky number 7.

"To start on a show and say your goal is seven seasons is the height of lunacy," Benioff said. "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 [the accepted] goal. Seven gods, seven kingdoms, seven seasons. It feels right to us."

Martin’s series is planned as a 7-book series and he still has 2 to go. Given how slowly the first books were written, it seems unlikely he’ll finish the other two before the 7 seasons play out. Fans of the books may have doubts about watching the final seasons, fearing it could give away spoilers for the final 2 books. The upcoming season 4 is based on the second part of "A Storm of Swords," which is only book 3 in the series.

Benioff and Martin recently spoke with Vanity Fair about the pacing of the story. The show creators did meet with Martin to find out how the story wraps up and where the characters all end up. He gave them an idea but doesn’t have all the details himself.

Another concern is the number of kids in the cast who are aging more quickly in real life than the story is unfolding. For example, Maisie Williams was the same age as Arya when the show began but now she’s a young woman while the character remains 11. The pressure is on to get the story told. Co-creator Weiss says the series has a lifespan of 7 or 8 seasons, no more. Stretching it our beyond that, simply because they have the ability to milk it, is likely what would destroy its success.

“Game of Thrones” season 4 premieres on HBO on April 6.

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