Like all good things, even Game of Thrones must come to an end, some day, with creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss revealing last week that they plan to conclude the show after either Season 7 or Season 8. While we can look forward to a few more years of the hit show, author George R.R. Martin has revealed that he hopes to bring the climax of the series to a close with a big-budget theatrical movie.
During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the author revealed that a movie finale is being actively discussed at HBO.
"It all depends on how long the main series runs. Do we run for seven years? Do we run for eight? Do we run for 10? The books get bigger and bigger (in scope). It might need a feature to tie things up, something with a feature budget, like $100 million for two hours. Those dragons get real big, you know."
He also revealed that HBO is also considering the possibility of adapting Tales of Dunk and Egg, a series of three novellas set 90 years before the events laid out in Game of Thrones, revolving around a group of characters in Westeros such as Ser Duncan the Tall.
"They could be the basis for [a film]. I have written these three stories, and I have about a dozen more."
The author added that the characters in Tales of Dunk and Egg are ancestors to Game of Thrones players, although he would not discuss their specific lineage. While these potential movies do not currently have a studio home, Warner Bros. has been suggested as a possible candidate, since they have produced movies based on HBO properties such as Sex and the City: The Movie and the upcoming Entourage feature, along with fantasy adventures such as The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit franchises.
In related news, Game of Thrones star Jack Gleeson (King Joffrey) is featured on this week's cover of Entertainment Weekly, which you can check out below, along with more insight on Season 4 from co-creator David Benioff and star Rose Leslie (Ygritte).
The Season 4 premiere, "Two Swords", features the long-awaited wedding of King Joffrey, an event which marks the first time that so many major characters were at one place at the same time since the pilot episode, leading to an "unprecedented" number of deaths this season. Here's what David Benioff had to say about the unrelenting level of intensity that viewers can expect this throughout these new episodes.
"It's just more intense than it ever has been. We always before had breathing room episodes before. There's just no relaxing this season. If we can pull this off, it will top Season 3."
This season will also feature bigger dragons, who are no longer obeying the commands of their "mother" Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), an action-packed fight sequence that is allegedly the biggest in the show's history, massive sets including a throne atop an 800-foot pyramid, and darker twists, where fans have to worry about the "nice" characters' fate.
Here's what Rose Leslie had to say, teasing that several characters are seeking vengeance.
"Particularly this season, and absolutely with Ygritte, there are so many characters out for blood."