HBO exec talks ‘Game of Thrones’ season 3 and beyond

We know that George R. R. Martin is currently planning to have seven books in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, and this bodes particularly well for fans of “Game of Thrones.” However, the following question must still be asked — when you remember that HBO is splitting up the third book of the series in A Storm of Swords into two separate seasons, and the fact that many of Martin’s books are going to be literary beasts in terms of length, you have to wonder just how many seasons this show can last.

For the time being, the good news is that the premium cable network is excited about showing us more of Westeros beyond just the upcoming third season. As a part of the Television Critics Association panel on Wednesday, here is what one of HBO’s heads in Richard Plepler had to say:

“As we’ve said to [author] George R.R. Martin, as long as he keeps writing, we’ll keep producing — and he seems very excited with that proposition.”

At the moment, HBO definitely seems to have every reason to continue along with that plan. “Game of Thrones” has improving its ratings throughout its first two seasons, and was estimated this year to have approximately ten million weekly viewers when you factor in such things as live viewing, web streaming on HBO GO, repeats, and those watching on DVRs. Thanks in part to strong DVD sales, the show is already considered a hit on part with “Sex and the City,” “The Sopranos,” or some of the other premier HBO franchises over the past several years.

How long do you think a show like “Game of Thrones” can last with the same cast and production team? To check out some more scoop about season 3 courtesy of one of Dany’s followers, be sure to visit the link here.

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