David Benioff & Dan Weiss Sign on For Two More Seasons of ‘Game of Thrones’
It’s anyone’s guess as to whether the “Game of Thrones” TV series will eventually get in front of George R.R. Martin and run out of novels to adapt before he publishes the final two novels in the storyline. But if that day ever comes, David Benioff and Dan Weiss will still be around to deal with it.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that HBO has signed Benioff and Weiss to stay onboard “Game of Thrones” as the showrunners through a potential sixth season. It should be noted that “Game of Thrones” hasn’t technically been renewed for a fifth season yet, but that announcement will likely come shortly after “Game of Thrones” sets a ratings record during the new season. In the past few years, that has been HBO’s pattern for its “Game of Thrones” renewal announcements.
Benioff and Weiss are largely credited for faithfully translating Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels to TV. Under their stewardship, “Game of Thrones” has become the second most popular HBO series of all time with 14.3 million viewers per episode across all platforms during the third season.
Recently, Benioff and Weiss have suggested that “Game of Thrones” may only run for seven or eight seasons. Alternatively, Martin has floated the idea of a few Game of Thrones movies that would wrap up the storyline. But the truth is that no one really knows how this is going to play out.
However, it’s a pretty safe bet that Benioff and Weiss would stick around for the ending, no matter what form it takes. According to recent reports, Martin has already shared his “Game of Thrones” endgame with Benioff and Weiss; which speaks to a high level of trust between them. Any attempts to bring in anyone else to replace that duo would not go over well with Martin or the majority of the series’ fans.
“Game of Thrones” Season 4 will premiere on Sunday, April 06 on HBO.